Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Casts Its Spell In 2019

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Casts Its Spell In 2019

Niantic announced today that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is coming out in 2019.

The Ministry is looking for witches and wizards willing to roll up their sleeves and volunteer to save the wizarding world from the Calamity. 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.’ harrypotterwizardsunite.com

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A new teaser for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has been released this month, and it hints at exactly what players will be doing. In the brief, live-action trailer, a witch tracks down a rogue Golden Snitch, the flying ball used in games of Quidditch, and summons a poster warning other witches and wizards that magical things are crossing over into the Muggle world — an event apparently known as the Calamity.

A game in augmented-reality

It’s been more than a year since Pokémon Go developer Niantic and Warner Bros. announced they were working on a mobile augmented-reality game based on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter franchise.

‘Pokémon Go’ was released in July 2016, quickly became a top mobile game and was downloaded more than 750 million times in its first year. We all remember the crazy stories that happened to people while playing Pokemon Go.

Now, fans of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World can look forward to an immersive new augmented-reality game, let’s just hope it doesn’t get as crazy as Pokemon Go did.

• Emma Jensen
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