The next game from Pokémon GO developers Niantic is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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Say what you will about Pokémon Go, it very quickly became a cultural phenomenon. There are still millions of dedicated players who play the augmented reality critter-catching game, and with the regular additions of new content, that’s set to continue.

Still, there are those who weren’t quite caught up in the Pokémon Go pandemonium, just because they’re not especially fond of the franchise. If that’s you, and you prefer things of more wizardly nature, then Niantic’s next game could tickle you. Warner Bros and the Pokémon Go maker have teamed up to bring you a mobile augmented reality game based on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

It’s called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and though there’s very little detail on the game at the moment, it seems to be using a similar template to Pokémon Go and Ingress.

According to the site, Wizards Unite will “allow players to go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters as they explore real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe”

I can only begin to imagine fights about which house to belong to.

“At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,” said Niantic CEO John Hanke. “The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”

We don’t know when it’s coming, but Niantic will share more information in the new year.

Last Updated: November 9, 2017

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  • Tracy Benson

    Damn it Niantic how am I supposed to play two mobile games at once now?! If Wizards Unite is rad (which I hope it will be), it might usurp Pokemon GO

    • Original Heretic

      It’s not going to be rad.
      It’s going to be magical.

      • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

        snap!

        • Original Heretic

          The sound a wand makes when it breaks?

    • Matthew Holliday

      Well if its using the same base as Ingress/pokemon go, then all youd need is a second phone and you can swipe the same pokestop / magical beacons of light and grinding at the same time and use the same spawns.

    • cloudzn

      Well that’s assuming the servers work at launch

  • Hammersteyn

    Will be interesting to see how Niantic are gonna Slytherin those microtransactions…

    • Magoo

      He he. Yes yes we’ll just have to rave and claw at them, huff eln’ puff and blow their griffondoor down!

      • Hammersteyn

        XD

  • Original Heretic

    Just what the world needs: more wand measuring contests.

  • Original Heretic

    If say the word “unite” in the same way you say “Kumite” (ya know, like from Bloodsport), then this game sounds WAY more hardcore.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Great. My neighbourhood needs more dodgy adults in robes wand-ering around.

    • Original Heretic

      Yeah, stoppit everyone. Trevor is the only one allowed to wander around looking dodgy.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        If everyone does it it just becomes passe.

        • Original Heretic

          HEY!!! Language!!!! Jeez, no need to be so filthy.

          Oh…wait…you said “pAsse”…
          My bad…..

        • I wish you would passway

          • Magoo

            What’s colder than cold? I̶C̶E̶ ̶C̶O̶L̶D̶ This fucking guy right here^ (Rince)

          • hehehehehe

    • go away

  • BradeLunner

    Can’t they just make Pokemon Go better instead? Oh wait if it were that easy game freak would have given us that “proper” 3D game by now

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