Harry Potter:Wizards Unite is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality based game. This game was developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, and was published by Niantic. It was globally released for Android and iOS devices officially on 21st June 2019. Niantic has revealed that the game would draw inspirations from its previous AR released games such as Pokemon GO and Ingress and by J.K. Rowling’s original stories that place players at the center of their own adventure.
Overview of the Game:
Harry Potter:Wizards Unite was announced on November 8, 2017, as an augmented reality mobile game developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic. Players will be able to visit real world locations while casting spells, discovering mysterious artifacts, encountering beasts and iconic characters from the Harry Potter Universe.On February 1, 2018, Niantic purchased Escher Reality and the game is more likely to implement the new technology to allow persistent worlds within AR.
Harry Potter:Wizards Unite game play has been described as similar to that of Pokemon Go, with players able to view the game play world through a smartphone. The game allows players to fight against mythical beasts from the Harry Potter and Fanatic Beasts franchise.Players may choose their wizarding house, their wand, and their profession: either Professor, Auror or Magizoologist.
A first game play video for Harry Potter:Wizards Unite was released in March 2019, showing footage defending from a dementor, and being attacked by a werewolf. On March 11, 2019, pre-registration on Google Play opened for the app as well as new in-game footage was released by Niantic and on April 17, 2019 the game was beta released in New Zealand.
On April 24, 2019, an email was sent in error stating that the game would launch in Australia for beta testing. On April 26, 2019, the game launched in Australia for beta testing. But several hours later, Niantic confirmed it was another mistake and it was taken down from the App Store.
The game was re-released in Australia on May 2, 2019. The game was released in the US and the UK on June 20, 2019, a day earlier than previously announced, with additional countries did gain access in few days ahead of rest of the launches which as we know was on 21st June.