Niantic accios a Harry Potter mobile MMOARG

Like the idea of a mobile augmented reality game (ARG) but aren’t really keen on Pokémon? Niantic, the operator of Ingress and Pokémon Go, is branching out to include an additional franchise that should rope non-muggles into its community.

The company announced that it working with WB Games to make Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite uses state-of-the-art augmented reality technology to reveal the magic all around us,” the teaser site says. “Explore real-world neighbourhoods and cities to discover mysterious artifacts, learn to cast spells, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters along the way!”

Niantic CEO John Hanke said that this game will give fans of the series a real-world outlet for their passion: “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.”

Wizards Unite is one of several titles being developed by WB’s Portkey Games for mobile and console. More details about the game will be forthcoming in the new year.

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Jack Pipsam

I am sure it’ll be disappointing.

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hoylegu

The devs should simply buy out Maguss. I’ve been playing it in alpha for ages now, and it’s great fun. Change a few skins and bam, it’s already Harry Potter GO.

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jay

Agreed, why would anyone play this, when there’s already a game out that is most likely going to be better because it’s not tied to WB games? http://maguss.org/

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Andrew Ross

I keep hearing good things. Damn shame summer didn’t grant us the open beta like the team said they’d aim for. I even downloaded the game in hopes that it’d make a sudden appearance.

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Nic Hickman

Shouldn’t they be focusing on making Pokemon Go good first?

Also, WB? No thanks. #BringBackAsheronsCall

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camren_rooke

Careful what you wish for? Asherons Call MOBA Mobile

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Wakkander

Mobas are so over, it’ll be a character based shooter! Like Overwatch, but with wizards!

Elysa Strathelar with Play of the Game, killing the Olthoi Queen.

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camren_rooke

I’m shipping Aerfalle and Ulgrim the Unpleasant.

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Andrew Ross

I think Asheron and Ulgrim makes more sense. They balance each other out. Opposites attract, you know?

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Minimalistway

I was excitged for a moment when i saw the screen, read the title and i’m disappointed, mobile? of course the want numbers, not for me, long live dumbphones.

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silverlock

The company announced that it working with WB Games

And we’re done.

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camren_rooke

Missed that.

That is too bad.

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Modrain

Ha. Niantic. Considering how underwhelming Pokémon GO is, I thought noone would ever give them another big IP. It’s still a major frustration to see all that ruined potential.
There is a faint hope that they hired game designers and community managers for this new game. Let’s wait and see.

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thickenergy

Pretty sure what got the attention of Warner Bros. is that Pokémon GO is a worldwide phenomenon and the fat stacks of cash that Niantic pulled in. The actually quality of the game is irrelevant to them as long as the same results are achieved with Harry Potter.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

“Niantic accios…”

As Snape would say, “Who did this?”

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camren_rooke

I am honestly waiting for Bethesda to make a Elder Scrolls game like this.

Parks, museums and other public spaces can be temples , dungeons, bandit camps and the like.
Get close to one and tap the entrance to go into a 3d like dungeon with three or four stops to fight baddies.

Crikey! Why don’t I know how to code for mobiles?

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Wakkander

I’ve been saying largely the same thing, but for D&D.

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Dušan Frolkovič

I do hope they will at least try and include some more gameplay in this one.

I really like the concept of their games, but Ingress is a tech demo with story and Pokemon did not have much more that i saw.

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camren_rooke

I rage quit Pokemon Go after a Psycoduck ran away from me I can’t imagine the stress of trying to catch a Golden Snitch.

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