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Niantic is developing a Harry Potter AR game

Niantic is developing a Harry Potter AR game

November 8, 2017 | By Alissa McAloon

November 8, 2017 | By Alissa McAloon
More: Smartphone/Tablet

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is working on a Harry Potter-themed game for release in 2018 that will, like its pocket monster predecessor, center around augmented reality.

This game marks Niantic's first major project since Pokemon Go's own groundbreaking launch in 2016, and is likely to make use of some of the social features being developed through the company's recent acquisition of the Evertoon development team.

The game itself is called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and, like Pokemon Go, will be a mobile AR game with "significant influence" from the developer's previous location-based game, Ingress. Niantic is teaming up with Warner Bros. Interactive to develop the title.

Additionally, the game's announcement comes packaged with the reveal of Warner Bros. Interactive's Portkey Games label, a new department solely dedicated to the creation of video games and mobile experiences inspired by the Harry Potter universe.

Update: Warner Bros Interactive has confirmed to Gamasutra that the pair is collaborating on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, stating that "the game will use state-of-the-art AR mobile technology and allow players to go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters as they explore real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe."

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