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Niantic Shares Gameplay Details for Upcoming 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Augmented Reality App

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Niantic, known for Pokémon Go, has been working with WB Games on a new augmented reality project set in the Harry Potter universe. Today, Niantic officially unveiled some gameplay details, giving us our first look at how the game will work.

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players become recruits of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force and must investigate and contain a "Calamity" that has befallen the wizarding world.


Players (or witches and wizards) from around the world will need to come together to cast spells and return Foundables, which are apparently artifacts, creatures, people, and memories, to their proper place after freeing them from Confoundable magic, all with the goal of keeping magic hidden from muggles.
As you step outside and explore the world, the Map will reveal Traces of magic, highlighting the location of magical Foundables. While these Traces can be found all around you, certain Foundables may be more likely to appear at various types of real-world locations including parks, banks, municipal buildings, college campuses, libraries, monuments, zoos, art galleries, and more. Cast a variety of spells to overcome the Confoundable magic, keep the magical Foundables safe, and send them back to the wizarding world. By returning Foundables, you'll earn unique rewards that can be tracked in the game Registry.
All in all, it sounds similar to Pokémon Go, with players locating magical artifacts instead of Pokémon, and using spells rather than Pokéballs to capture them. Players will have access to inns to replenish spell energy, magical ingredients for brewing potions, and portkeys that unlock AR portals into "iconic wizarding world locations."


According to Niantic, combat will also be included when witches and wizards visit real-world locations called Fortresses, which host Wizarding Challenges. These are real-time multiplayer battles against dangerous foes, similar to the raids in Pokémon Go.

Players will be able to specialize in different magical professions, including auror, magizoologists, and professors, each with unique skills and abilities.

Niantic plans to launch Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on iOS and Android later in 2019.

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tothemoonsands

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As an avid gamer and Harry Potter enthusiast....I still don't get the point of AR games like this and Pokemon Go. In my opinion, no AR game is as fun as a real video game (yet), and who wants to be that guy running around with a phone in front of their face?

AR glasses could change the equation, but then the question becomes what do the input controls look like? If it comes down to gestures, then once again...do you really want to be that guy? I, for one, do not want to live in a world where everyone is swiping mid-air!
 

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I can see dead wizards.

These portals seem even more distracting than the features of the Pokemon game.

Let‘s hope the locations are wisely chosen and the location detection works well.
 

clystron

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As an avid gamer and Harry Potter enthusiast....I still don't get the point of AR games like this and Pokemon Go. In my opinion, no AR game is as fun as a real video game (yet), and who wants to be that guy running around with a phone in front of their face?

For me personally the Video-AR stuff does not do much either but the real-world location stuff provides a completely different kind of fun and playing in groups can be quite enjoyable.
 

Mr_Brightside_@

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As an avid gamer and Harry Potter enthusiast....I still don't get the point of AR games like this and Pokemon Go. In my opinion, no AR game is as fun as a real video game (yet), and who wants to be that guy running around with a phone in front of their face?

AR glasses could change the equation, but then the question becomes what do the input controls look like? If it comes down to gestures, then once again...do you really want to be that guy? I, for one, do not want to live in a world where everyone is swiping mid-air!
So far, you've been able to disable almost all AR features in Pokemon go, and I think most have in order to save battery. With that said, it was required to capture mythicals (mew and celebi) in AR mode, and Smeargle was just added and the only way to catch it is via AR mode.
 

Cat-tain Mewval

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As an avid gamer and Harry Potter enthusiast....I still don't get the point of AR games like this and Pokemon Go. In my opinion, no AR game is as fun as a real video game (yet), and who wants to be that guy running around with a phone in front of their face?

AR glasses could change the equation, but then the question becomes what do the input controls look like? If it comes down to gestures, then once again...do you really want to be that guy? I, for one, do not want to live in a world where everyone is swiping mid-air!

You do realize that before Niantic manage to shoot themselves in the foot by disabling the user made trackers everybody loved, Pokemon Go was one of the most popular games in the world right? I would go to parks and see families playing this AR game together, there were crowds of people in not just parks but stores, malls, parking lots. Strangers offering advice and randomly socializing. It was one of the most amazing social experiments I've seen in my entire life. It was so social, there were people out with their kids at 10 and 11 at night at mall parking lots catching Pokemon. Pokemon Go was a lot of fun, you might not have understood it or maybe you just had Pidgeys or Ratatats in your area (Pidgey, you suck, I'd rather catch a Magikarp), but its a rare thing to find a game that crosses generational boundaries, creates impromptu social groups and is accessible to everyone regardless of skill. Plus it got people to explore the world around them as they "Tried to catch them all". Plenty of people wanted to be "that guy" and if you're worried about what other people think about you when you're playing a game you aren't a real gamer. Real gamers have zero fuks to give. It's gaming, not a popularity contest.
 
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jayducharme

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As an avid gamer and Harry Potter enthusiast....I still don't get the point of AR games like this and Pokemon Go. In my opinion, no AR game is as fun as a real video game (yet), and who wants to be that guy running around with a phone in front of their face?
Evidently, many people. I've seen plenty of people in public parks, at school grounds, in shopping centers -- just about anywhere -- walking around with their phones playing Pokemon Go. As with you, this isn't something I'm into. But many others apparently are.
 

mtngoatjoe

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As long as there aren't any required in-app purchases or ads to watch, I'll give this a go with my daughter. I don't mind in-app purchases, as long as they aren't required to make decent progress, but I really can't stand ads in games. Let me pay up-front to avoid the ads.
 

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As an avid gamer and Harry Potter enthusiast....I still don't get the point of AR games like this and Pokemon Go. In my opinion, no AR game is as fun as a real video game (yet), and who wants to be that guy running around with a phone in front of their face?

AR glasses could change the equation, but then the question becomes what do the input controls look like? If it comes down to gestures, then once again...do you really want to be that guy? I, for one, do not want to live in a world where everyone is swiping mid-air!

Couple things:
Not everyone finds the same activities or games to be fun. Some people think avid gamers are silly and wasting their time when they could be seeing the real world, and some avid gamers think sports are stupid because you get hurt playing. People who read a lot of books often think both avid gamers AND casual sports enthusiasts are dumb for not spending time turning to the written word. No one in this scenario is wrong nor right, and no other group really needs to "get it."

A couple of times you mentioned that you wouldn't want to be "that guy." Most people don't, and really shouldn't, care about whether or not a complete stranger approves of what they do with their spare time for fun. I am not a Pokemon Go player, and the long term gameplay style doesn't match what I want, but more power to those that are enjoying their time, and good on them for not feeling like they need my permission to lead their lives and do what makes them happy.
 
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