Update: Niantic has confirmed Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite in a developer update:
We're incredibly excited to announce this next step in the evolution of AR mobile entertainment. With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players that have been dreaming of becoming real life Wizards will finally get the chance to experience J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. 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. We're thrilled to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and WB Games San Francisco’s development team to bring this magical and beloved series to life in a brand new way. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will leverage the full stack of the Niantic Platform while also providing an opportunity to pioneer all new technology and gameplay mechanics.
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Pokemon GO took the world by storm last year by combining a beloved franchise with a simple and addictive mobile game mechanic. As rumors already suggested, additional sources are now confirming that Niantic is attempting to strike gold a second time with the Harry Potter franchise.
Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite is supposedly the next project that Niantic will release. According to TechCrunch, the new mobile AR game is slated for a 2018 launch. There aren't many other details available at this point, but the report claims that the game will borrow source data from Ingress, similar to the way Pokemon GO does, to populate some kind of map that players will interact with.
The idea of Niantic working on another game while Pokemon GO is still plagued by bugs and missing features sounds a bit crazy, but it's not surprising to see the company attempting to extend its hold on the market of mobile AR games. Pokemon GO has been incredibly successful and a big financial win for Niantic, so it will be interesting to see if the developer is able to pull that off again with the wizarding universe of Harry Potter and friends.
Do you expect Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite to capture the nation's attention in the same way that Pokemon GO did? Let us know in the comments!
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is apparently aiming for a 2018 release on mobile devices.