Harry Potter: Wizards Unite turns Pokemon Go into a mobile mystery, but release date is out of reach

CNET | 4/17/2019 | Clifford Colby
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First announced in 2017, the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite augmented reality game will be familiar to anyone who's played the wildly successful Pokemon Go. Relying on your phone's GPS, you move around the physical world and interact with beasts, objects, points of interest and other witches and wizards you come across on your game's map.

The game is a joint effort from WB Games San Francisco and Niantic under the Portkey Games label. It'll be released before the end of the year, the game developers said at a briefing at Niantic's San Francisco headquarters.

Waterfront - San - Francisco - Morning - Experience

Prowling the waterfront of San Francisco on a rainy morning, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this Potter-meets-Pokemon-Go experience.

What is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

Registry - Page - Items

A registry page with items to collect.

I'm walking to my bus after a day at the office keeping my wits about me. Instead of dodging traffic or the guy trying to get me to sign a petition, I'm watching for magical beasts from the world of Harry Potter. Dueling dark wizards and overpowering magical beasts is a tough job, but it's all in day's work when you're keeping the Muggle world safe from unexpected calamity. And it's all happening on my phone.

Calamity - Items - Muggle - World

An unexplained calamity is scattering magical items across the Muggle world.

It's unclear who's responsible and how long the magical artifacts will stay hidden from Muggles.

Part - Statute - Secrecy - Task - Force

As part of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, your duty is to look for magical traces of the calamity and piece together clues to uncover the cause. When you come across evidence, you enter it in a registry of your discoveries about the anomalies.

The game builds on the Harry Potter books and movies and the two Fantastic Beasts films to create a compelling and familiar wizarding world on your phone.

Fan - Potter - Franchise

As a fan of the Potter franchise, I...
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