The Team Behind Pokemon Go Is Making a Harry Potter Augmented Reality Game
Let’s be real, if you grew up on Harry Potter you’ve probably spent a pretty significant part of your life wishing your Hogwarts letter would finally come so you could enter J.K. Rowling‘s magical world for real. As far as I know, there’s no way to Pagemaster/Inkheart your way into the wizarding world for real, but the folks behind Pokemon Go are working on the second best thing — bringing the world of Harry Potter to you.
Niantic, Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are teaming up to develop Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality mobile game inspired by Rowling’s Wizarding World. The companies are uniting under the Portkey Games label, named after the magical objects that transport wizards from place to place, to create a state-of-the-art AR platform that transforms the world around you. It’s a genius idea and one that fans have been hoping for since Pokemon Go swept the cultural conversation and sent people wandering into traffic to catch that Charizard.
What adventures will Wizards Unite have in store? Per the press release,
“Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will reveal that magic is all around us, and allow players to be a part of Harry Potter’s rich world, through Niantic’s AR + real-world mobile game platform and the franchise expertise of WB Games San Francisco’s development and publishing team. By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.”
“At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. “The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”
“With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. 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.”
More details on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite are on the way in 2018. I’ll be waiting with baited breath to find out how I can cast my first Patronus.