Augmented reality MMOs aren’t new, but we’re about to see a bunch of new ones, propelled by the unexpected success of Pokemon Go. Case in point: Maguss Wand, which isn’t technically a Harry Potter game but happily embraces the comparison in spite of possible legal issues. It wasn’t inspired by Pokemon Go, having been in development for a couple of years already, but the timing is good all the same.
“Maguss Wand is a new AR MMORPG mobile game that has been in development for almost 2 years now,” reads the press release. “The game will allow you to walk and explore the earth while experiencing and living in the fantasy at the same time. It [lets] a player to become a wizard in the real world through immersive game-play. Explore magic, study wizardry, collect herbs and other ingredients, cast and defend spells, win duels and gain glory.”
According to Engadget, the game’s developers attempted a Kickstarter last year for a motion-sensing wand peripheral, but that Kickstarter didn’t fund. Now the devs say they’re planning an Indiegogo campaign on October 10th, with a closed alpha release coming “very soon.”