New Harry Potter Game Wizards Unite Mixes Pokemon Go With RPGs

Niantic Reveals Muggle-Approved AR Game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' is about protecting muggles

Niantic has revealed a number of new details about its upcoming mobile game based in the Harry Potter world.

The Harry Potter Wizards Unite beta is being playtested internally right now, with fans now able to Pre-register for access to the game on the Google Play Store. Players will act on behalf of the "Statute of Secrecy Task Force", where they will act as protectors of the muggle world, capturing rogue creatures and dark forces. What this means is that you'll have to search out trace magic on your local map to discover these things called "Foundables" that are infecting Muggle areas, and then you'll use your many different magical abilities to send them back to the Wizarding World.

The game, made in partnership between Pokémon Go andIngress makers Niantic and WB Games, uses the same Global Positioning System and AR abilities you'll find in Go. By locating and returning the Foundables, you will earn unique rewards tracked in the game Registry.

Wizards Unite gives you the chance to become a witch or wizard and head out into the real world to play this augmented reality (AR) game. Spell Energy is replenished by visiting Inns, which are tied to real-world locations akin to Pokemon GO's Pokestops. At these locations, you'll face off against the likes of Death Eaters (Voldemort's supporters) and happiness-sucking Dementors.

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Just as Pokeballs are required to catch Pokemon in Pokemon GO, Spell Energy is required to cast spells in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Pokemon GO isn't being abandoned and will continue to run as smoothly as ever, but the company will now be focussing on both projects and hopes to attain the same success it achieved with Pokemon GO. The game will also feature fancy AR technology to make "360 immersive experiences" come to life, allowing you to step into a portkey to explore famous locations from the Harry Potter series such as Ollivander's wand shop.

Each of those classes has a different set of skills, and if you've read the Harry Potter books, you probably have some idea of what they're capable of.

The player will be able to choose their magical specialism - do you pursue the course of the Aurors, Magizoologists, or Professors? All we know is that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be launching at some point in 2019 for iOS and Android.

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