Pokemon Go's Niantic taps 'Harry Potter' magic for new augmented reality game

Olive Hawkins
November 12, 2017

According to an update posted on the Pottermore website, Warner Bros. The first of these is the just-announced AR game Wizards Unite, from Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs. While asserting its commitment to Pokemon GO, Niantic revealed that improvements to some of the game's existing features will be announced next week. "We are working with talented creators to build games that focus on player-generated stories, which will live alongside the magical universe created by J.K. Rowling", he added.

Similar to Pokemon Go, the Harry Potter; Wizards Unite mobile game will show digital images on top of real-life objects when you view them on a smartphone or tablet. It was named as such because portkeys allow wizards to go from one place to another.

"With Portkey Games, we are thrilled to answer the fans' requests for more games inspired by J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World". Interactive Entertainment and WB Games San Francisco's development team on the project. The company was also behind the game "Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4". "It is wonderful to have Niantic's remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives".

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The Harry Potter AR game has been long rumored but was ultimately labeled a hoax by fact-checking site Snopes. Additionally, there was a Quidditch-themed game called Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup.

Along with learning spells and fighting monsters, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite players can also expect to discover artifacts, interact with iconic characters and team up with one another. Players should then await further announcements through Niantic's social media accounts.

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