It is confirmed that this mobile game will be another AR title - meaning that it will utilize real locations and video game technology - similar to what we saw in Pokemon Go. There are very few details available about the game aside from its title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and the fact that it will be released in 2018 on devices and not on a traditional console system. Interactive and a new sub-brand called Portkey Games.
Gamers would couldn't get enough of the insanely popular "Pokemon Go" app past year will soon have a new mobile obsession, with the news that the same developers are now taking a crack at the "Harry Potter" franchise.
This afternoon Niantic confirmed the existence of their next augmented reality Global Positioning System map-based game: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. For the uninitiated, Portkey is a reference to a magical item in the Potter-verse that allows you to teleport using an everyday item like a hair brush. This game will rely on the Ingress ecosystem, just as Pokemon GO did and does.
Going off a tweet on Twitter, the writer of the TechCrunch post, Darrell Etherington, got this news from Kris Able on Twitter, who claims this news comes direct from Warner Bros. The game has earned an estimated $1.5 billion to $2 billion.
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That's not bad for a story that originally couldn't find a publisher. Have a peek at The Diagon Alley for Reddit's premiere deep-dive community made for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Niantic has had scaling problems when making games for a beloved franchise that millions are clamoring for before. We do know that the game is being co-developed by Warner Bros. Namely, players will have to visit locations in the real world to find different objects and engage with the world.
Pokemon Go recently changed its Raid Boss list. "The incentives it created for exploration, exercise, and real-world social interaction helped spawn a global community of fans, united by their shared experience, and laid the foundations for Niantic's real-world AR gaming platform", he wrote.
Variety reports that Niantic was originally incubated within Google before they spun off from the company in 2015 with investments from Google, the Pokemon Company, and Nintendo.