Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

The company behind Pokémon Go are making a Harry Potter AR game

The company behind Pokémon Go are making a Harry Potter AR game

The cast of Harry Potter attend an exclusive preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort on June 18, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

The creators of Pokémon GO (Niantic Inc.) are joining forces with Warner Bros.

Niantic Labs announced Harry Potter: Wizards Unite through an official blog post that likely sent Potterheads all over the world into a frenzy. This game won't be a success if its developers can't come up with new ideas for existing systems in Pokémon GO. Wizards Unite is set to launch in 2018, in cooperation with Warner Brothers Interactive and Portkey Games, reports TechCrunch.

Remember a year ago when the world lost its mind and spent several months solid playing Pokemon Go?!

The game's use of real locations is similar to Niantic and Nintendo Co Ltd's Pokemon Go, which became the first mass market adoption of AR in July 2016 and allows players to "catch" animated characters that appeared in their real surroundings.

Sounds too wonderful for HP fans to even fathom!

Fans of the Harry Potter franchise will have a long list of features that they want to see in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Niantic did say in September that the company was looking at using audio cues in future AR games because holding up a phone for an extended period of time "makes them look like a total doofus", according to Niantic CTO Phil Keslin.

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