Everyone’s a wizard in upcoming Harry Potter AR game

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The first AR Harry Potter game promises spell casting in the real world
The first AR Harry Potter game promises spell casting in the real world
Photo: Niantic and WB Games

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,  players must seek out creatures, objects and people that have made their way into the muggle world through the magic of augmented reality. 

The developers have revealed a first look at this upcoming game that has quite a bit in common with Pokémon Go.

Protect the secrets of the wizarding world

A plot overview indicates that “Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity.” This is causing “artifacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world.”

The developers say these “Foundables” will show up at many types of public spaces, including parks, banks, municipal buildings, college campuses, libraries, monuments, zoos, art galleries and more. 

These objects can be seen superimposed on the real world through augmented reality. They need to be returned where they belong through spells cast through a iPhone or Android.

There will also be multi-layer AR battles, though these don’t seem to be person vs. person.

The game will include characters and content from the original 8 films as well as the current Fantastic Beasts series.

The wizard world and the muggle world mix in <i>Harry Potter: Wizards Unite<i>.
The wizard world and the muggle world mix in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Photo: Niantic and WB Games

Release date also a mystery

Niantic, Inc. and WB Games San Francisco aren’t yet ready to announce a release date for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. They’re also saying nothing about cost.

The previous game in this franchise, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is funded through in-app purchases.