Niantic’s follow-up to Pokemon GO, called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is finally out now on iOS and Android devices. The game is a real-world augmented reality game that is set in the hugely popular Harry Potter universe, offering gameplay that has you getting out of your house and exploring the real world just like its predecessor did.
The following is a breakdown of the key features:
“Realize Your Wizarding Potential
A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing Foundables—magical artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories—to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. As a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, you’ll work with witches and wizards from across the globe to solve the mystery of The Calamity and keep magic safe from Muggle eyes.
The Magic Is All Around You
As you step outside and explore the world, the Map will reveal Traces of magic that indicate the location of Foundables. These Traces are found at various real-world locations and trigger richly detailed 3D encounters in full 360-degree advanced AR. You’ll need to cast a variety of spells to defeat the confounding magic surrounding the Foundables in order to safely return them to the wizarding world. Keep an eye out for other things that will aid you on your journey including Inns that replenish Spell Energy, ingredients that can be used to brew potions, and even Portkeys that can whisk you away to iconic wizarding world locations.
Gather your friends to take on even bigger magical feats such as Wizarding Challenges, real-time cooperative multiplayer battles against dangerous foes. To overcome the stronger threats and discover rarer Foundables, you’ll need to team up and strategize with your fellow witches and wizards and specialize in different magical Professions—Auror, Magizoologist, and Professor—that each have their own unique skills and abilities that come in handy at different times.”
Keep in mind that since this is a launch of a game that will likely attract a big audience, it’s safe to say that there may be some technical difficulties for a little while. A similar thing happened with Pokemon GO, as the servers were very unstable as Niantic had a hard time handling the huge amount of people playing the game. It remains to be seen in this new game is that big, but hopefully Niantic has learned some things and is more prepared for it this time.