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Niantic’s Pokémon Go-style Harry Potter game is coming in 2019

Niantic’s Pokémon Go-style Harry Potter game is coming in 2019


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is delayed

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the latest augmented reality venture from Pokémon Go developer Niantic and publisher WB Games, is delayed until 2019. The game was first announced in November 2017 with plans to launch last year. Niantic did provide a first-look teaser of the game, however, which can be seen above.

There isn’t much to take away from the teaser in terms of a narrative, but the infamous Golden Snitch does make an appearance. A player can be heard chanting a spell (immobilus, which stops an object from moving) before an ominous poster appears warning all wizards and witches of a brewing threat.

Players in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite 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,” according to a press release. Those who have played Pokémon Go will already have some grasp of how Niantic’s AR technology works in the wild. But instead of catching adorable Charmanders or Squirtles, people will have to engage with a medley of beloved Harry Potter characters and creatures.