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Warner Bros. and its Harry Potter-specific label, Portkey Games, just announced another mobile adventure in the Wizarding World. Only a month after announcing the augmented reality Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Warner Bros. announced the mobile RPG, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
When Niantic announced its next foray into augmented reality, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, it did so with few details. The press release touted a game filled with “legendary beasts” and “powerful enemies” from the wizarding Harry Potter universe, but was otherwise rather lacking in detail, leaving fans to excitedly speculate. Among the many details not outwardly discussed in the reveal is the status of characters from the Potterverse and whether they’ll appear in the game.
Though the announcement wasn’t too forthcoming, the official Harry Potter: Wizards Unite website gives a little bit more of a look into what mobile gamers can expect to experience in the AR world. According to the site, as players explore their “real-world neighborhoods,” they’ll encounter “iconic characters along the way.”
One of the more exciting aspects of Niantic’s surprise reveal of an augmented reality game set in the Harry Potter universe was the promise of squaring off against “legendary beasts.” In 2016, director David Yates and Warner Bros. Pictures brought to life the whimsical and terrifying creatures of J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, proving that there was more so much more to see and enjoy than the original series let on.
With a focus on the magical monsters and curious critters of the extended Potterverse, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them inadvertently laid the ground work for Niantic’s Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. As players explore real life environments and the augmented reality of the Harry Potter universe comes to life, they’ll come face-to-face with some of the fantastic beasts from the wizarding universe.
The world of Harry Potter is rife with evil and there is no doubt that these malicious forces will find their way into Niantic’s latest augmented reality romp, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Revolving around the Harry Potter universe, Wizards Unite will charge players with taking up their wands against legendary beasts and other dangerous enemies.
Much like in the company’s prior release, Pokémon GO, these battles will use augmented reality to come to life in the real world. Though Niantic teased an early 2018 release, the press release was otherwise uninformative and few details have since been released. The news team at Pottermore claims that players will bump "into iconic wizarding world characters," which opens up a world of possibilities. Knowing that the battle of “good vs evil” was a core element of the Harry Potter book series, it’s likely that Lord Voldemort’s malevolent followers, the Death Eaters, will make their way into the game.
The wizarding world of Harry Potter is an ever-expanding universe that started with one author’s last-ditch effort for success. J. K. Rowling’s world of wizards, beasts, and evil exploded into a full-fledged franchise that, in early 2018, will be receiving its own augmented reality mobile game.