Niantic Is Developing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, An Augmented Reality Game

Report Pokemon GO Creator Working On Harry Potter Wizards Unite

Tech Crunch reports that a new augmented reality game centered around the Potterverse, called "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite", is in the works from "Go" proprietors Niantic.

Niantic will co-develop the game with Warner Bros. The companies are uniting under the Portkey Games label, named after the magical objects that transport wizards from place to place, to create a state-of-the-art AR platform that transforms the world around you.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be their chance to fix some of the problems that have dogged Pokemon Go from its inception, including rural areas being at an inherent disadvantage compared to their urban counterparts. We still don't have an official release date for the location-based, AR, environment crawler, but we do have a window. Hopefully there's more to Wizards Unite than a simple visual swap where Pikachu becomes a Griffon.

Pokémon Go developers Niantic don't have many games, just the two: Ingress and Pokémon Go. (Har har, Warner Bros.) There are very few details about the content or storyline of the game at this point, but I'm sure we've all got a wishlist.

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The mechanics of Ingress would actually translate pretty well to the fictional Harry Potter universe, and seems nearly ready-made for a fantasy spell casting coat of paint to replace its science-fiction special forces veneer.

Niantic, Inc., builds mobile real-world experiences that foster fun, exploration, discovery and social interaction. The Harry Potter films, produced by Warner Bros. Interactive, David Haddad, has advised that he is thrilled by the new launch and is looking forward to the games that will be released.

But WB has navigated a similar situation before with The Lord of the Rings series, which found success with the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor games despite dipping box-office numbers for the spinoff The Hobbit films.

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