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Pokémon Go developer Niantic working on Harry Potter game

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite coming to mobile

A promotional image for Harry Potter Warner Bros.

Pokémon Go and Ingress developer Niantic is working on a Harry Potter-themed follow-up to last year’s augmented reality hit. Warner Bros. and Niantic will bring Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to mobile devices, letting J.K. Rowling fans role-play as “aspiring wizards and witches” in a new AR game.

“By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters,” Niantic and Warner Bros. said in a press release for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

The news was first reported by TechCrunch.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be released under Warner Bros.’ Portkey Games brand, a new games label “dedicated to creating video game and mobile experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”

The world of Harry Potter would seemingly translate pretty well to a Pokémon Go-like experience; it’s easy to see players aligning themselves with the franchise’s various houses, capturing real-world locations and battling each other with a variety of collectible spells.

Update: Warner Bros. and Niantic announced the game today and launched the official Harry Potter: Wizards Unite website. This post has been updated with confirmation and new details.

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