Augmented Reality Game 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Launches Early on iOS App Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was planned to debut on the iOS App Store and Google Play tomorrow, June 21, but Niantic has surprise launched the augmented reality game one day early. You can download the app right now on the iOS App Store for free, if you live in the United States or United Kingdom [Direct Link] (via TechCrunch).

    Inspired by Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite tasks players with joining the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to explore iconic Wizarding World locations that have been placed in the real world. This means that to get the most out of the app, you'll have to trek out into the real world to find various magical artefacts, creatures, and other wizards.


    The story behind the game is that some kind of calamity has hit the Wizarding World, causing certain "Foundables" -- various in-game collectibles like fantastic beasts -- to begin appearing in the muggle world. Because of this event, witches and wizards have formed the Statue of Secrecy Task Force, tasking new recruits with capturing the artefacts and protecting the secret of magic.

    Similar to Pokémon Go, real-world locations will be hotspots for various activities in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, allowing players to learn new spells and capture beasts using the AR features of iPhone devices. There are also real-time cooperative elements where you can join friends to battle high-level enemies. Players will be able to choose to specialize in different magical professions, like being an Auror or Magizoologist, to learn unique skills as well.

    Head to Niantic's website for the game to learn more, and to the iOS App Store to download it today [Direct Link].

    Article Link: Augmented Reality Game 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Launches Early on iOS App Store
  2. johnyslats macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2012
    Leeds, UK
    Before anyone asks I can confirm it’s working on iOS 13. Now where are my fellow Slytherins at?
  3. AppleFan91 macrumors 68000


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    I’m struggling to find the appeal in this. I love the HP universe and Pokémon go was fun, but I just can’t get on board with this one so far. The idea of walking around in a HP world is a lot less appealing than a Pokémon one imo
  4. centauratlas macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2003
    You have to create an account with Facebook or Google? No thanks.

    Why would you need an account to play a game. Tracking
  5. archer75 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2005
    Google owns Niantic. Who makes ingress, then pokemon go and finally harry potter wizards unite. So it makes sense you use their login system.
  6. KrisLord macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    I’ve installed and played for 5 min.

    The into for a new player is terrible. I’ve no idea who I am or what needs to be done other than some stupid word called “foundables?”

    This looks like a bad copy of Pokemon, I’m surprised it’s from a serious developer.
  7. Tokenfreak macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2011
    Soon in iO13 you can sign in apple login. No more tracking...
  8. Jeaz macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2009
    While it started as an internal Google company, it’s now a stand alone company. Yes, Google owns a significant share but so does Nintendo, Pokemon Company and other investors.
  9. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    OMG!! ONLY Facebook or Google Login allowed. Ummmmm no. JUST NO!
  10. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    Yep. There is way too much going on with the UI and too many things you can click. I ain’t got no time for such a learning curve to play a game
  11. RadioHedgeFund macrumors newbie


    Sep 11, 2018
    I’m in the same boat. I think it’s because the immediacy of the Catch/Fight/Evolve Pokemon gameplay takes little explaining and it has a huge Nostalgia factor attached.

    Harry Potter doesn’t really have the benefit of any of the above and the game needed too much explaining.
  12. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    But Google is 100% about tracking, why would they cut off a new source of data from day one?

    I’m starting to think these AR games are really location data gathering services with the games just being a front.
  13. mrongey macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2011
    As a Harry Potter fan I think it looks fantastic and I can't wait to explore it more when I have some time. I don't think any moderately experienced gamer or fan of the wizarding world would find the UI overwhelming.
  14. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    Niantic started as part of Google, the ability to log in through Facebook was only added about a year ago - Ingress and Pokemon Go both started with Google logins as the only way to sign up (and they're pretty much the only thing my Google account is used for).
  15. WB2Colorado macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2008
    Durango, Colorado
    Anyone else on iOS 13 stuck on a black screen in this? If I tap on the screen I can hear sound effects so it’s not locked up or anything
  16. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    You mean, that you know of. ;)
  17. Terron macrumors newbie


    Jun 20, 2019
    Is the game going to ever come out in other countries?
  18. xplora macrumors member


    Sep 23, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    They didn't release early, they released on the 21st. Can't fault them if some countries are still on the 20th.
  19. WRChris macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2016
    Pokémon go will be the only game I play from these clowns. I’m not even going to download it to check, but is it another city only game?
  20. tothemoonsands macrumors member


    Jun 14, 2018
    Won’t they be required to offer Apple’s Login option once that launches? Can’t wait!
  21. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    That's what I was just thinking.
  22. Biu_miu macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2016
    What is with you people and this “tracking”? What do you mean by that? Track what? You’re unimportant, who cares about your location or whatever, it’s just another sales pitch for masses. Never in my life I encountered anything to do with Google or FB “tracking”. Especially FB, if they track me, well, they do hella bad job, they can’t even display ads in the language I'm speaking.
  23. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Wait for iOS 13 and use Sign in with Apple.
  24. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Well its a free download. How else do you expect them to make money?
  25. BlankStar, Jun 21, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019

    BlankStar macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2004
    By making you buy ingame stuff? Like Pokémon coins in Pokémon Go?

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