TechCrunch announced that the augmented reality company, Niantic, will be releasing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite sometime in 2018. This was later confirmed by the company. Niantic is responsible for the AR game Ingress and its golden child, Pokémon Go.
Niantic has partnered with Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, under the Portkey Games label. Together they will bring J.K. Rowling’s magical vision to life by blending physical and digital realities. Much like Pokémon Go, players will venture out into cities and neighborhoods all over the world, except now they’ll be casting spells, meeting other wizards, discovering mysterious artifacts, and encountering legendary beasts along with iconic characters, according to this press release. You will undoubtedly see a few people exclaim “Wingardium Leviosa!”
Hopefully Niantic’s servers will be prepared to handle the launch after last year’s unprecedented run by Pokémon Go, with its 50 million downloads in 19 days. Pokémon Go fans have been frustrated with Niantic in the past due to a lack of communication and slow response times when it came to fixing bugs.
One year after the release of Pokémon Go, Niantic CEO John Hanke told the Verge that “With our previous game Ingress we were very communicative with players, and very open. And we weren’t as communicative and open in the beginning [of Pokémon Go] because that was sort of a new process for our partners.” Hanke continues “I think we’ve become much more open over time.” Now that Niantic knows what to expect, hopefully their customer service is as awesome as the game looks to be.
No word yet on whether you’ll be able to pick houses, but we will report the all the information as it’s announced.