While not the phenomenon that it was when it launched last year, Pokemon Go! is still a very popular mobile game, with hundreds of thousands, if not millions logging in each day to try an catch em all! Warner Bros is now teaming up with Niantic, the company that created the Pokemon Go! for a new game that will help bring the Wizarding World to your mobile device.
Here’s what they’ve just announced in a new press release:
“Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will reveal that magic is all around us, and allow players to be a part of Harry Potter’s rich world, through Niantic’s AR + real-world mobile game platform and the franchise expertise of WB Games San Francisco’s development and publishing team. By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.
“At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. “The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”
“With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “It is wonderful to have Niantic’s remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives.”
More info on the game will be released early next year. It will be interesting to see how the game will differ from Pokemon Go! and if geeky fans have room in their lives for two AR games that require tons of time and walking around with strangers.