We have known for quite some time that Niantic, the developer behind the mega-popular Pokémon GO augmented reality game, is hard at work on a new AR game based on the Harry Potter universe.
That game is entitled Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and while Niantic has been relatively quiet about the title ever since its first announcement, things are starting to change on that front. Today, for instance, Niantic and WB Games have just released the first proper teaser trailer for the upcoming mobile AR game, showing off, in part, how the title will work when the game launches in the near future. Unfortunately, and yet not surprisingly, the teaser doesn’t give us any proper gameplay just yet.
Here’s the teaser:
However, if the teaser is doing anything it’s showing future players what they’ll be doing in the game. In this case, it looks like a wizard has been tasked with hunting down a Golden Snitch that has gone rogue. This leads into an event that’s apparently called “The Calamity”. We see the wizard put up a poster telling other wizards that magical elements are crossing over into the non-magical world. The poster itself reads, “The wizard world is at risk of exposure we need your help”.
The official website for the upcoming mobile AR game was recently updated, too, and offers up a quick way to sign up for more details on the game (and offers from WB Games, so be aware of that). As for the wizards playing the game, they will be tasked with solving a “global mystery” that will have them “cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way” as they traverse the real world.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the game’s lore:
“As a member of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force (a new task force formed in partnership between the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards) you will hone lightning fast wand reflexes, an ability to sniff out the faintest whiff of magical disorder from afar, and proficiency in advanced casting of multiple spells.”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Niantic and WB Games’ Portkey Games are going to reach the initial 2018 launch date. The game is now expected to arrive on mobile devices sometime in 2019. It’s a shame they’ll miss the holiday season, and the launch of a brand new movie set in the wizarding universe Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Still, using the Harry Potter IP should be enough to get this game plenty of attention when it launches.[via Polygon; Harry Potter: Wizards Unite]