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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite looks to expand on the Pokemon GO formula

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Here’s Our First Look At Harry Potter Wizards Unite Shannon Grixti

Here’s Our First Look At Harry Potter Wizards Unite Shannon Grixti

Niantic has been quiet about the follow up to its smash hit Pokémon Go, but today the company pulled back the veil of secrecy on its new Harry Potter augmented reality game.

You start the game as a recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards to investigate and to contain The Calamity which has befallen the wizarding world.

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These "Foundables" will appear on the map as you walk around - expect to find a fair few in parks, museums, monuments, galleries and other public spaces. Preregistration has begun on Google Play. As you dispel and collect Foundables, you'll earn rewards, but what those rewards are haven't been revealed.

Wizards Unite gives you the chance to become a witch or wizard and head out into the real world to play this augmented reality (AR) game. "These real-time multiplayer battles against risky foes encourage players to join forces with fellow witches and wizards to take on higher level threats and unlock rare magical rewards".

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Addressing concerns about how well the servers will fare when potential Wizards and Witches start playing, Bhargava addressed the disappointing 2017 Pokemon Go Fest, which suffered from catastrophic server issues.

The premise around Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is that wizards and witches from around the world are being called upon to help investigate and contain a Calamity that has befallen the wizarding world, unusual appearances of magic crossing over into the Muggle world. You won't want to face these threats alone-gather your friends to take on threats of even higher levels and recover rarer magical Foundables from within the Fortress walls. Lastly, Portmanteaus can be unlocked to reveal Portkeys that whisk you away to iconic wizarding world locations.

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It draws heavily on the Harry Potter universe, packed full of familiar characters and elements from the books and films, for an immersive experience that fans will love. So, you'll be able to specialize in different types of magic, such as Aurors, Magizoologists, and Professors - which will have different skills to be used in "Wizarding Challenges", although it's unclear what those challenges will be. All we know is that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be launching at some point in 2019 for iOS and Android.

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