Pokémon Go Developer Niantic's Next Augmented Reality Smartphone Game Will Be Harry Potter Themed [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following the success of Pokémon Go, TechCrunch is reporting today that developer Niantic Labs' next augmented reality game will be themed around the world of Harry Potter. The smartphone app will be called "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite" and is set to launch in 2018.

    Specific details about the app's gameplay have not yet been released, but it's said that "there will be significant influence" from Niantic's original game, Ingress, which also influenced Pokémon Go. The developer's previous two games task players with exploring the real world to perform in-game actions, defending locations, and collecting items. Still, it's unclear which aspects of the Harry Potter universe would be used to create an augmented reality experience.


    Augmented reality is quickly becoming a popular feature on smartphones, particularly for Apple's products. This year, the company debuted ARKit in iOS 11, greatly expanding the reach and availability of AR apps on the iOS App Store. Company CEO Tim Cook is constantly referencing his excitement for the technology, and a report by Bloomberg earlier today reinvigorated rumors that Apple is now on a "very aggressive" timeline to debut AR glasses by 2020.

    Update: The official Harry Potter: Wizards Unite website is now up and running, so you can visit it to sign up and get updates about the game. Niantic also posted about the new AR app on its own blog, explaining that players "will learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies."

    Article Link: Pokémon Go Developer Niantic's Next Augmented Reality Smartphone Game Will Be Harry Potter Themed [Updated]
  2. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
  3. kingpushup macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2013
  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    It would be nice if they used the money from Pokémon Go to actually fix Pokémon Go instead of developing a new game...
  5. Gynekolog macrumors newbie


    May 25, 2016
    Czech Republic
  6. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    I hope it's not some stupid wand waving like they did with stupid Pokemon catching.... Pokemon was all about battles and training... they ruined it... I played in the beginning when they launched.. but then I stopped, cause there was nothing fun.. the battles were tooo unintuitive with only taps.... augmented reality, yes, was cool, but not a good game.. I won't be playing next until they release peer-to-peer battle or trading Pokemon.. or turn by turn battle(never gonna happen, I know)

    I love Harry Potter... I'm crazy about it... I hope this game lives up to it
  7. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Niantic how about you guys finish Pokémon go first? Over a year still no trading or pvp
  8. Surrix macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2009
    Niantic will do a terrible job, just like with Ingress and Pokemon Go. They skirt by on good IP (Pokemon, Harry Potter) but squander the games potential through incomprehensibly poor management, communication, and coding skills.
  9. WWPD macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2015
    Ten Forward
    Great, now you will hear about people running off bridges chasing after the golden snitch.
  10. NufSaid macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2015
    ÜT: 41.065573,-83.668801
    I would love to spend time in Niantic headquarters. I would love to write a book on complete disorganization.

    I have watched and played the game - You are right they are leeching off of other's IP. Pokemon has become the most maddening game.
  11. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    PoGo already feels like it’s half staffed a year later with minimal changes beyond raids and new gens. Was at least fun for first few months
  12. kingofwale macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
  13. Liebo macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2013
    TechCrunch article has no source so this is nothing more than rumours like last year.

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