Last November, Niantic and Warner Bros. announced that they’re working on a new augmented reality game for mobile called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. It would include much of the same gameplay features of Pokémon GO, namely raiding, quests, and walking a thousand miles to be the person who discovered that secret spell or who took down some legendary beast.
Yesterday, Niantic released the first teaser trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite alongside a release date of 2019. Wanna be e-wizards can also enlist on the official website.
In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players will be able to explore real-world surroundings to unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way.
The teaser trailer doesn’t reveal a lot about the game, but we can glean some details from it. We see a witch hunting a Golden Snitch, the small ball a Seeker must catch in a game of Quidditch. After catching the little golden wonder she uses her wand to create a poster that warns all those with a magical disposition that they are at risk of being exposed. The poster urges all wizards to unite.
The official Harry Potter: Wizards Unite website also updated with the following message:
“Please resist the urge to panic. Traces of magic are appearing across the Muggle world without warning and in a rather chaotic manner. We worry it is only a matter of time before even the most incurious Muggles catch wind of it. We call on all witches and wizards to help contain the Calamity or risk the worst of times since You Know Who. Brush up on your spells, get your wand ready, and enlist immediately.”
It’s a brilliant concept for an AR game – magic invading the ‘real world,’ and you can enlist as a wizard to help contain the impending disaster.
Things have been quieting down a lot in Pokémon GO over the past year, and a new game from Niantic based on the immensely popular Wizarding World could mean a new mobile gaming phenomenon for the company.
Do you think Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be the next big thing for mobile gaming? I am more excited about the new Harry Potter role-playing game that leaked earlier this year.