A Harry Potter Version of Pokemon GO is Coming Next Year!

Pokémon Go creator Niantic will release a Harry Potter AR game in 2018

Pokémon Go creator Niantic will release a Harry Potter AR game in 2018

Wizards Unite is part of Warner Bros.

"We are delighted to welcome the Harry Potter films to our catalog of award-winning original programming and crowd-pleasing theatrical films", Bruce Grivetti, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and President, Film Programming, said in a statement. They will all be released under a new label - Portkey Games - so-named because Portkeys transport wizards from place to place in the books.

Software company Niantic Labs is basing this new game on the universe of Harry Potter, an equally massive cultural obsession. Interactive Entertainment. "It is wonderful to have Niantic's remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives".

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Niantic had previously attempted to popularise AR with Ingress, a location-based sci-fi game released in 2012. People have been able to rent or buy them from services like Amazon Video and iTunes, but you can Google "Harry Potter streaming" and find a lot of sad news articles and forum posts explaining that no, sorry, you can't watch Goblet of Fire on Netflix.

"I think the Harry Potter game is a huge deal", commented Piers Harding-Rolls from the IHS Markit consultancy. The only thing we can hope is somehow Niantic works with J.K. Rowling on this app, and sets up a sorting hat situation to determine your "teams" via houses, rather than just choosing what team you're on, like in 'Pokemon Go'.

The title is likely to take advantage of enhanced augmented reality features provided by Apple and Google via their ARKit and ARCore developer tools, which were not available when Pokemon Go launched.

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