'Pokemon Go' creators developing Harry Potter augmented-reality app in 2018


The maker of Pokemon Go has revealed it is working on a Harry Potter-themed follow-up that will also include augmented reality features.

Remember a year ago when the world lost its mind and spent several months solid playing Pokemon Go?!

If you enjoyed spending countless hours stumbling through public parks late at night playing Pokémon Go, we've got good news for you: there's a new game in the works.

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Claims that Niantic would make a Harry Potter-themed game were first reported in July 2016 but were dismissed as a hoax, not least because the San Francisco-based developer was still rolling out Pokemon Go at the time. The Harry Potter films have a checkered past when it comes to being available via streaming services, at least for immediate playback as part of a subscription. Wizards Unite is set to launch in 2018, in cooperation with Warner Brothers Interactive and Portkey Games, reports TechCrunch.

Players will wander around different neighborhoods and cities, as they will embark on different adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters. In the game, players catch Pokémon that appear on a real-world map, while interacting with gyms pinned to real world places.

Although details about the game are scarce, Niantic Labs teased the premise in a press release. Whatever the mechanics of the game, with the Harry Potter franchise extremely large fanbase, it's safe to say there will be a lot of interest in this game. On that same day, HBO will also be airing the entire series starting at 9:00 AM ET/PT with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and ending with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.