Nearly five years ago Niantic launched Ingress, our first augmented reality mobile game, turning real-world streets, neighborhoods and cities into a global game board, and bringing people together in a shared digital reality.
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Pokémon Go got its mechanics from the show that inspired it and the console games that came before it, but the Harry Potter books and films don't provide the same simple blueprint. In fact, here is what David Haddad, President of Warner Bros had to say, "With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling's deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way". In fact, there will be a "significant influence" from Ingress, which allows players to roam their real world while also collecting power-ups, defending locations, and exploring their environment. Intriguingly, the games might show these familiar characters "at different points in their lives" from the Harry Potter series.
According to the scarce details we have so far it sounds like the Harry Potter game will share similarities with Niantic's original project, Ingress, and by relation likely be quite similar to Pokemon Go in many aspects. They use Augmented Reality to overlay graphics on real-world locations, encouraging players to walk their neighborhood to reveal new secrets.
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Partnering with Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and WB Games the game is still under construction.
When can you play Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?
Are you bored of playing Pokemon Go and wish you could just throw on some Hogwarts robes and scavenge your local streets for horcruxes, spells and fantastic beasts instead?
Merlin's beard! Harry Potter is about to make a serious comeback - on our mobile phones.