Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Coming from Pokémon Go Developers

Niantic has another huge property on their hands

While some may argue that Niantic botched the launch of Pokémon Go over a year ago, there’s no denying that the game was a massive success. And still is for that matter. Now it appears Niantic is developing an even bigger franchise to supplement the Pokémon craze.

WB Games San Francisco and Niantic have announced Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The game sounds as if it will take on the same formula as Pokémon Go, but adorn itself with the vast mythology that the Harry Potter universe brings with it.

Niantic has said little officially about the project. But they did publish a blog post that describes the game as follows:

“With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players that have been dreaming of becoming real life Wizards will finally get the chance to experience J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Players will learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies. We’re thrilled to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and WB Games San Francisco’s development team to bring this magical and beloved series to life in a brand new way. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will leverage the full stack of the Niantic Platform while also providing an opportunity to pioneer all new technology and gameplay mechanics.”

The design sounds very similar to Niantic’s first popular outing, Ingress. And, of course, it will bare the same DNA as Pokémon Go. It’s likely that we’ll have teams implemented just like Pokémon Go. However, we’ll probably see four this go around to represent the four houses of Hogwarts. Pokémon Go features three possible teams.

For as popular as Pokémon was for Niantic, Harry Potter is inarguably an even bigger get. Niantic is targeting a 2018 release for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but no specific window was mentioned. Should the developers roll the game about successfully without an major hiccups, we could be in line for an even bigger pop culture phenomenon than Pokémon Go was in 2016.

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