Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has generated about 15% of what Pokemon Go made on launch

    
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How big were you betting on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? If you look at it in terms of developer history, the obvious point of comparison is Pokemon Go, which quickly jumped to the top of revenue charts and just kept getting bigger when it launched. And the game’s revenue on day one of launch was certainly nothing to sneeze at with a $300,000 take and some 400,000 installs.

Then you look at the fact that Pokemon Go hit $2,000,000 on day one of launch and had been installed some 7.5 million times, and those numbers look pretty vanishingly small.

Of course, day one is day one; it’s impossible to know how the game will develop over time, and there’s certainly a difference between launching with a largely unknown game compared to a second launch in a world wherein everyone already knows about Pokemon Go. You can read our own hands-on first impressions of the game later today. Still, it doesn’t appear that this title has lit people on fire quite like its predecessor.

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Danny Smith

I’m not that surprised. Pokemon GO is selling you on the ‘pokemon fantasy’ of going outside and catching pokemon every little kid imaging when playing those games growing up and it snowballed from there.

Do kids today even care about Harry Potter? i read them on release and have quite a few first editions from the day they came out so its fair to say i was around at the ‘pottermania’ height and it just ain’t comparable. You ‘cinematic young adult novel deep core mining’ fad ran its course and capeshit took over. Had they made this some trashy marvel MCU tie in it would no doubt make the numbers but Potter is not the enduring cultural icon i think many expected it to be when it was hailed as ‘this centuries lord of the rings’ by its conclusion.

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Dankey Kang

The problem with Harry Potter Go is that I can’t catch an Eevee or a Pikachu, whereas in Pokémon Go I can.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Big surprise. The improvements from either launch or current Pokemon Go are clear. But the egregious monetization, particular flaws, and lacking the improvements from Pokemon Go (like walk sync) are also clear. Why bother?

I’m also hating how spell traces are done. From the lengthy sequences, to the more stingy spell energy, to how goddamn bad I am with accurately tracing shapes on a phone screen (especially if I’m trying to walk).

I’m actually using it as my excuse to get into Pokemon Go alongside (which does have walk sync, so I can keep HPWU active while checking Pogo at stops), as a few of my friends actually play that one still.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

I was going to try it but the App Store seemed to be trying to hide it from me and then I realized that if I am already playing Pokemon Go, having Pokemon Go except it is wizards wasn’t really a draw for me. You can only have one of the games up at a time and devouring your battery life.

My wife and I are probably the target audience, but the fact that we play one likely means we won’t play the other.

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Darthbawl

So… Based on the numbers alone are people already whispering in the corner that this game is a bust already?

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Reht

I don’t play either, but a friend of mine who plays Go said he tried it and it just seemed a little complex compared to the ease of Go. Could have a little to do with it.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

The IPs are incredibly different. Pokemon Go is a video game spin-off from an established video-game franchise. Almost 100% of its potential audience already plays video games. Harry Potter is a book and movie phenomenon whose audience has almost no crossover whatsoever with video-gaming.

Even if HPWU turned out to be the best ARG ever made (small praise) it would still be a completely alien concept to the average Harry Potter fan. Good word of mouth might help it over time, if that was the case, but even so I very much doubt one HP fan a thousand would even try it.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Here I have to disagree a bit. Yeah, Pokémon games’ fans flocked in to the GO, but a lot of players didn’t played the RPGs, instead growed up watching the anime. Also, I think a lot of potential players to this HP game, is already way too invested on Go to switch.

Anyway, this is just day one. The true test is the quarter one, and it’ll have better answers to how the added complexity is affecting the popularity, also will have more Go players at least testing it.

I see this game more like a secondary cashflow for Niantic, it was never intended to surpass Pokémon (same as Ingress Prime), just to deliver a different flavor for those looking for this kind of AR game. My bet is that they’ll announce a fourth game in 2020 with the same objective, and another franchise skin.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Agreed, Rodigo. Niantic isn’t known for innovating unless they damn well have to.

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camren_rooke

The whole mini game where you have to magic away wizard poop just seemed out of place.

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Eliandal

I can barely walk and hold my phone as it is ;)! That, and (sorry!) HP just doesn’t appeal to me :/!

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Dantos

I dont think Harry Potter is as ‘evergreen’ as Pokemon is.