Wands at the ready! Niantic and WB Games have begun the global launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a brand-new augmented reality (AR) real-world mobile game.
The game has officially launched in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, and will launch in additional countries around the world in the days to come. Players in the already-launched regions can download and play on the iOS App Store, Google Play, and the Samsung Galaxy App Store.
“Today marks the beginning of an incredible journey for fans of the Wizarding World, opening up virtual doorways to remarkable adventures in the world around them,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, on the game’s launch day. “Everything we’ve learned about augmented reality and real-world game design over the last seven years has been poured into this game.”
“We are very pleased to partner with Niantic, the AR gaming market leader, for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to create a deeply magical and immersive Wizarding World experience for our Portkey Games label,” said David Haddad, president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “If you are a wizard or witch who always felt the magic was really all around you, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’s combination of unique narrative and cutting-edge AR technology will let you live out that fan fantasy.”
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is similar to another Niantic mobile game, Pokémon GO, and utilizes the same basic gameplay format. As new recruits of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, players will investigate the unusual magic activity that is infiltrating the Muggle world, and work together to solve the mystery of the Calamity. Players can explore their real-world surroundings to discover artifacts, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters on their journey.
To learn more about the magical new AR mobile game, visit HarryPotterWizardsUnite.com.