‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Gameplay Details Reveal ‘Pokémon Go’-Style Elements, But Plenty of New Stuff, Too

/Film | 3/12/2019 | Ethan Anderton
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The mobile game Pokémon Go reignited the spark for capturing weird little monsters and making them fight each other. But Pokémon as a property isn’t for everyone. That’s why game developer Niantic Inc. is teaming up with Warner Bros. Games to bring a similar style of game play to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a forthcoming augmented reality game that we’ve highlighted before. But official details on the gameplay haven’t been available until today. Thankfully, Niantic and WB have revealed what fans can expect from this foray into the magical world, and it will combine content and characters from both the original Harry Potter franchise and the new Fantastic Beasts series. Find out more about the Harry Potter Wizards Unite game below.

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The creators of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite want the game to feel like it actually takes place in a universe where the Wizarding World really is parallel to ours, so the story behind the game follows a calamity that has befallen the Wizarding World. It’s caused artifacts creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Your task, as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force (a new arm of the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards), is to overcome the confounding magic surrounding these items called “Foundables” and keep them shielded from the Muggles.

Much like Pokémon Go, you’ll have to actually go explore the world around you to find a variety of these Foundables. There will be traces of magic that lead you to them, and a higher concentration and variety will be found at various landmarks, such as parks, banks, municipal buildings, college campuses, libraries, monuments, zoos, art galleries, and more. Pokémon Go has famously used churches as well, and while they’re not...
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