– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Niantic Labs, the video game developer behind last year’s hit Pokémon Go, is working on another similar game — one that’s likely to be just as much of a hit.

According to TechCrunch, they are developing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Similar to Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to be an augmented reality game — meaning that it will also be utilizing the real world for gameplay.

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Details for the game are limited, but like Pokémon Go, it’s likely we can expect very similar gameplay, with players being allowed to roam the real world in search of power-ups, items, and perhaps creatures. We wouldn’t be surprised if the game was pretty much a similar experience with a different skin and a modified overall game mechanic.

Regardless of what the game ends up being, if it has the same charm and addictive nature of Pokémon Go, we’re looking at another big hit here. Harry Potter fans are some of the most rabid out there, and an opportunity to actually pretend to live in the Wizarding World is one few would pass up.

The game is set to hit next year at an unspecified time, but we wouldn’t be surprised for Fall release, in conjunction with Fantastic Beasts 2, but we’ll have to wait and see.

What do you think? are you excited for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: TechCrunch

  • Victor Roa

    I don’t know if it may or may not work. Checking on children and they went on a hard pass on Pokemon Go compared to adults who can afford a cell phone payment plan. Which incidentally are the Harry Potter adults who probably would adopt it. And recently Telltale Games had a massive layoff from spreading itself out too too thin on it’s episodic content for Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Batman, Borderlands, Wolf Among us, ect. That’s just one extreme, but I do wonder that still Niantic’s tech is heavy on server load and tracking data points provided by users…… to be making a shell for other services could work but again Telltale thought the same thing and it’s gone bell up in less than 4 years…… video games trying to make it on a film’s release date…. doesn’t always go well.

  • randomironicname

    I mocked Pokemon but it had it’s charm during the month it came out. I’m not sure that they can recapture that first buzz. It was fun to see the large crowds that would gather to play but it quickly deteriorated. Now all I see when I run through the park is distracted Walmart monsters driving from spot to spot. I’m not sure that they can recapture that first buzz.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.