Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mashes up J.K. Rowling's wizarding world with Pokemon Go

CNET | 6/20/2019 | Clifford Colby
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Out now in the US, the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite augmented reality game will be familiar to anyone who's played the wildly successful Pokemon Go and even Niantic's first game, Ingress. 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, first announced in 2017, is a joint effort from WB Games San Francisco and Niantic under the Portkey Games label. The game is out now in the US for iPhone and iPad and Android devices, coming to the UK on Friday, June 21, and to international territories soon after.

Spring - AR - Game - Development - Niantic

Back in the spring, the wizarding AR mobile game was far enough along in development that Niantic invited a handful of journalists to its offices to get an update and then play a prerelease version. Following out short runthrough, Niantic made the game available for beta testing in New Zealand and Australia.

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

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What is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

A registry page with items to collect.

Bus - Day - Office - Wits - Traffic

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.

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

Artifacts - Muggles

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

As part of the Statute of Secrecy Task...
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