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Harry Potter Augmented-Reality Game From ‘Pokemon Go’ Maker Set for 2018 – Variety

  • Harry Potter’s wizarding world will be coming to an augmented-reality mobile game in 2018 from Niantic Labs, the company behind AR game hit “Pokemon Go.”
  • Niantic announced that it is developing the augmented-reality game, “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” with Warner Bros.
  • For now, there aren’t many additional details about the new Harry Potter game, based on J.K. Rowling’s hugely popular book series and the Warner Bros. movies, which have grossed more than $7.7 billion at the box office to date.
  • “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” will “reveal that magic is all around us,” according to Niantic and WB Interactive.
  • The official announcement comes after a rumor surfaced last year that Niantic was developing a Harry Potter AR game — supposedly dubbed “Harry Potter Go” — but that was debunked as a hoax.

Harry Potter’s wizarding world will be coming to an augmented-reality mobile game in 2018 from Niantic Labs, the company behind AR game hit “Pokemon Go.” Niantic announced that it is developing the augmented-reality game, “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” with Warner Bros.

Harry Potter’s wizarding world will be coming to an augmented-reality mobile game in 2018 from Niantic Labs, the company behind AR game hit “Pokemon Go.”

Niantic announced that it is developing the augmented-reality game, “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s WB Games San Francisco division and its newly created Portkey Games label.

For now, there aren’t many additional details about the new Harry Potter game, based on J.K. Rowling’s hugely popular book series and the Warner Bros. movies, which have grossed more than $7.7 billion at the box office to date. The idea is that it would let players virtually immerse themselves in Rowling’s magical world, overlaid on their real-world surroundings via smartphones.

The official website for the game is harrypotterwizardsunite.com. “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” will “reveal that magic is all around us,” according to Niantic and WB Interactive. The companies promise to let players — as they wander around different neighborhoods and cities — embark on different adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.

“The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches,” John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, said in a statement.

David Haddad, president of Warner Bros. Interactive…

Harry Potter Augmented-Reality Game From ‘Pokemon Go’ Maker Set for 2018 – Variety

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