Fans of the Harry Potter series have demanded a mobile game set in the beloved Wizarding World. Now, Niantic has finally revealed their newest mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Calling all Wizards!
Every since Niantic released the Pokémon GO, other fandoms have cried out for their own version of the popular mobile game. Harry Potter fans have for years wished there was a game that would transport them to the Wizarding World. They long to cast spells and hunt down fantastical beasts of their very own. Well, hold on to your wands because Niantic and WB games has finally released details for the new Wizarding World mobile game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!
According to the official website:
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite combines content and characters you know and love from both the original Harry Potter series and the Fantastic Beasts films in a unique Wizarding World experience. It’s up to you to ready your wand, prepare your potions, brush up your spells and help prevent The Calamity from exposing the secrets of the wizarding world.
A threat to muggles and wizards alike
When you first visit the page you are treated with the below video:
It acts as an encrypted message meant to only broadcast to an elite set of witches and wizards. Players will take on the role of a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. They have been created by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards in order to solve the mystery surrounding the calamity and containing it.
There’s magic in the air
Players will find traces of magic artifacts as they explore their surroundings that must be sent back from where they came. Using spells will consume “spell energy” which can be replenished at inns through food and drinks you collect. For POGO players, this seems to be similar to Pokéstops where you’d gather Pokéballs and other items needed to play the game.
You will also be able to use portkeys to traverse across grand distances, seemingly to search for clues about what is causing the calamity. The big focus on AR seems to be a key feature in this game, as it will serve a bigger purpose than it does in POGO, where it was merely cosmetic while capturing your Pokémon.
Strength in numbers
Another key feature making an appearance will be raid battles in the form of fortress challenges. Together, with friends, you will have to duel against a number of nasty beasts including death eaters, dementors, and other beings of darkness standing in your way.
There’s a high risk in taking these baddies down, but you can also obtain rare foundables within them. Tread lightly and be rewarded handsomely for your troubles.
Darkness on the horizon
While Harry Potter fans may want to jump in right away, remember that this is Niantic. They made several promises about Pokémon go that either never came to be or were delayed for years. Hopefully, they’ve learned from their past mistakes and will be able to present a fully-realized game at launch. Because, let’s face it, we’ve all been waiting a long time for this.
No doubt, as it is a mobile game, there will be plenty of micro-transactions put in place. These tend to give players who are willing to spend their spare sickles an advantage. It tends to take the grindy nature out of mobile games if you don’t have time to farm loot. However, it could give premium players an unfair advantage should wizard duels be implemented.
Still, it’s something to look forward to if you are a Harry Potter fan. You can enlist on the official website here and pre-register for the game through the Google Play store here. Until then, wands at the ready!