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

Harry Potter Wizards Unite

Pokémon Go creator Niantic will release a Harry Potter AR game in 2018

The creators of Pokémon GO (Niantic Inc.) are joining forces with Warner Bros.

Following the extreme success of Pokemon GO, Niantic Labs has its latest augmented reality title that will totally have fans of J.K. Rowling's literary works super thrilled. Niantic will also need to bring all the augmented reality ideas it used in its previous games to the Harry Potter franchise in a way that connects with players.

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Niantic says the game will leverage the full stack of its platform while giving it the opportunity to create new technology and gameplay mechanics. And luckily, we won't have to wait too long to get virtually ~sorted~ and start turning our smartphones into wands, because the game is tentatively set for a 2018 release, which is right around the corner.

"With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling's deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way", said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros.

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It appears that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will take cues from Ingress, where players collect power-ups as they move around in the real world, defend locations, and explore their surroundings.

Niantic Labs announced Harry Potter: Wizards Unite through an official blog post that likely sent Potterheads all over the world into a frenzy.

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