You may recall that last year was pretty weird, but one shining 2016-ism emerged in the summer, a calm before the political storm that would follow that fall—something that managed to unite the country, make friends out of strangers, force kids to go outside, and had millennials rejoicing in childhood nostalgia. And that thing was Pokémon Go.
From Pokémon To Harry Potter
Ultimately the game’s popularity was relatively short-lived, with players losing interest once the school year started up again, but at its height, many expressed a desire for a Harry Potter equivalent, even musing over what such a game would look like. Collecting potions and galleons instead of Poké Balls and berries, maybe. Competing against other wizards in duels instead of battling it out in gyms. Chasing after Bowtruckles and Pygmy Puffs instead of Rattatas and Magikarps. The comparisons seemed both obvious and endless.
Rumors that Niantic, who brought us Pokémon Go, would be rolling out a Harry Potter game began to circulate last July but were quickly debunked.
Now, a year later, we’ve finally learned that it’s actually happening.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Details about this Harry Potter game are scarce at this point, but here’s what we do know:
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be out sometime in 2018. A bit vague, but hey, let’s be grateful we’re getting it.
- Like its Pokémon predecessor, the Harry Potter game will utilize augmented reality technology on smartphones, “so a player can view the real world through a wizarding world lens,” according to Pottermore.
- As fans have speculated, objectives in the game will include searching for various magical creatures and encountering famous wizarding world characters, as well as learning and casting spells, all to build up your own wizarding status.
David Haddad, President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is partnering with Niantic to develop Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, had this to say about the game:
With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to explore J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way. 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.