Harry Potter: Wizards Unite lets fans cast spells and rescue magic creatures

Niantic Reveals Muggle-Approved AR Game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

As you step outside and explore the world, the Map will reveal Traces of magic, highlighting the location of magical Foundables.

Players can restore spell-casting energy by heading to Inns to find food and drinks and to gather ingredients to create potions.

There's also the chance that Niantic will invite you to the early access program for Wizards Unite, although this isn't guaranteed. "Pokemon Go Fest in 2017 was not a smooth event", Bhargava says, "but we didn't turn away from it, we thought that real-world events are awesome because people come together, and it's our job to give them a lifelong experience".

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is coming to iOS and Android mobile devices in 2019. These host real-time multiplayer battles against unsafe enemies called Wizarding Challenges.

Today, Niantic Inc. (developer of Pokémon GO) and Warner Bros. Eurogamer has gone hands-on with the title to explain that when "playing a beta version of Wizards Unite, it already feels as deep and well-rounded as Pokémon Go does in its third year - with layers of familiar and fresh-feeling ideas and servers that mostly play (Poké) ball", which clearly points to something similar that's also trying to do its own thing.

Everything that Wizards Unite has going on is overwhelming to list out on paper, but in practice it was actually not too hard to follow. There will also be a "Portkey" mechanic, which will transport players into a virtual depiction of the Harry Potter universe, complete with notable landmarks. Olivander's wand shop and Dumbledore's office were examples given by IGN and TechCrunch.

Will you be able to turn off AR like in Pokemon Go?

You'll be led on a real world based AR adventure as you travel around the country side looking for port keys, enemies and all manner of Harry Potter goodness. The augmented reality game, created to rival Pokémon GO, was initially teased back in 2017. One Complication gameplay example by Niantic showed a young Harry in need of saving from a Dementor, while Ron was trapped by a giant spider on roller skates. A Calamity has hit the wizarding world, and it's up to you to discover just what's happened.

This game will be free to play, right?

Wizards Unite, Niantic and WB Games San Francisco have been teasing the augmented reality game for months, sprinkling the game's Twitter with graphics and live-action videos.

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