Having been downloaded more than 500 million times, it’s fair to say that Pokémon Go took the world by storm.
The interactive GPS game allowed players to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon creatures, which appear on the user’s screen as if they were in the real-world location like the player.
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Created by Niantic (the makers of Pokémon) and Nintendo the game was very popular and the demand for updates were high.
So far Niantic only has two games under their belts, however, TechCrunch has reported that we can expect a third in 2018.
According to the report, their next game release is going to be a Harry Potter-based one, called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Although not much was known about the game in the initial report, it has been classified as a mobile AR game, similarly to Pokémon Go and Ingress.
Although the news was released by TechCrunch, there was no way to verify the information, until news spread via a tweet posted by Canadian journalist Kris Abel.
Pokemon Go creators next game to be Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an Augmented Reality game of casting spells, adventures, & legendary beasts coming in 2018.
— Kris Abel (@RealKrisAbel) 8 November 2017
Speaking to the Telegraph he said; “I’m a tech journalist working for CJAD radio in Canada and this morning I received a press release from Warner Bros. Interactive and Niantic announcing their upcoming game, Harry Potter; Wizards Unite. I tweeted the exciting news and then went to a Virtual Reality festival only to have Warner Bros scramble to recall the release citing some errors. Could I delete the tweet they wondered? By this time two hours had passed and my tweet had inspired articles worldwide. I didn’t see how it would help at that point, but I’ve chosen not to publish the full release if it has errors when the final version is set to go out tomorrow along with an official website, Twitter account, and more. I’m rather hoping the error is the release date and we all get to play before 2018.”
Since then Niantic have responded to rumours by releasing a blog about the upcoming game.
“Almost five years ago Niantic launched Ingress, our first augmented reality mobile game, turning real-world streets, neighborhoods and cities into a global game board, and bringing people together in a shared digital reality. 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.
Pokémon GO brought that vision to the world at unprecedented scale and served as a catalyst for the further development of the Niantic platform.
Which brings us to today…
We’re incredibly excited to announce this next step in the evolution of AR mobile entertainment. With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players that have been dreaming of becoming real life Wizards will finally get the chance to experience J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Players will learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies. We’re thrilled to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and WB Games San Francisco’s development team to bring this magical and beloved series to life in a brand new way. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will leverage the full stack of the Niantic Platform while also providing an opportunity to pioneer all new technology and gameplay mechanics.
We look forward to seeing you outside on your next adventure. Stay tuned to our social channels for updates as we work to bring this game to life.”
Fans took to twitter to share their excitment;
— Tim (@Miltras_) 8 November 2017
— Professor Pineapple (@Prof_Pineapple) 8 November 2017
I put on my robe and wizard hat #WizardsUnite
— November, already? ♿ (@voltagex) 9 November 2017
— Thankful C 🍃🍁 (@RealChris_Morsa) 8 November 2017
We can’t wait to hear more about the games release, do you think it has the potential to be bigger than Pokémon Go?