Pokemon GO was all the rage when it was first introduced back in 2015, and is still going strong two years later. Shortly after the release of Pokemon GO, a trailer went viral suggesting that Harry Potter would be next to receive the AR treatment, but it was widely believed to be a hoax.
Fast forward to November 2017 and Warner Bros. has announced that Niantic is developing a new Harry Potter-themed AR game for mobile devices called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. It’s one of the most anticipated mobile games of the year, and here’s everything we know so far, including a possible release date, platform speculation and what you can expect in terms of gameplay.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite release date rumours
While the announcement of a new Harry Potter AR game is exciting news, especially for fans of the Harry Potter series, the game’s official release date is yet to be announced. Warner Bros. does provide a broad release date window of 2018 in the announcement post on Pottermore, but that isn’t much help to fans.
We speculate that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite AR will become available in Spring/Summer 2018, much like with Pokemon GO and its July 2015 release. Why Spring/Summer? It’s the best time of year for most of us to go out and explore – no one wants to go and hunt mystical creatures in the cold darkness of winter, after all!
If you’re after something to play in the meantime, take a look at our roundup of the best Android games of all time.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite platforms
So, which platforms will the upcoming Harry Potter-themed AR game be available for? While the platforms are yet to be confirmed, we imagine that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be made available for iOS and Android, much like with Pokémon GO.
It’s the easiest and most accessible way to introduce an AR game at the moment, especially with ARKit and ARCore available to use, but there is another option: the Nintendo Switch. Although the Nintendo Switch didn’t get any Pokémon GO love, its rear-facing camera and touchscreen could provide a more high-end gaming experience than that provided by mobile devices.
It’s a long shot, admittedly, but it’s an option for Niantic.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay rumours
The biggest question of all revolves around gameplay – what exactly will you be able to do in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? Warner Bros has confirmed that Niantic, the developers behind the hugely successful Pokémon GO are developing the game, leading us to believe that it’ll share similarities with the hit AR game.
This was somewhat confirmed by the announcement on the Pottermore website, which claims that the game will ‘encourage you’ to step outside with your smartphone and explore your local surroundings. Sound familiar?
There is a difference though: you won’t be finding Pokémon, oh no. Instead, you’ll be exploring your local area to find magical creatures and characters from the HP universe while taking part in a series of adventures. You’ll be able to learn and cast spells, hunt down magical creatures and discover hidden artefacts from the Harry Potter universe.
Warner Bros has also revealed their new HP-specific label, Portkey Games. In a separate statement, the company claimed that Portkey Games will be working with other developers to create both console and mobile games focused on the Harry Potter universe. The games may even feature familiar characters at ‘different points in their lives’ according to the press release.
Apart from that, details are fairly scarce at the moment. Head back here soon though, as we’ll update this article with the latest Harry Potter: Wizards Unite news as soon as we receive it.