Niantic, the creator of "Pokemon Go", unveiled details Monday about its highly anticipated augmented reality "Harry Potter" game, and shows off a combat adventure through the Muggle world geared toward older users. If you're interested in pre-registering for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, you can do right now, but only on Google Play for the time being.
Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the goal of investigating and containing The Calamity.
There'll also be combat in the form of Fortresses dotted around the map, where you'll be able to battle with other players against risky foes in a manner that sounds not dissimilar to Pokemon Go's gym battles, as well as professions that will allow you to specalise in the types of magic.
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The main aim will be neutralising "foundables" that appear around the world with the spells you have at your disposal.
Wizards Unite, Niantic and WB Games San Francisco have been teasing the augmented reality game for months, sprinkling the game's Twitter with graphics and live-action videos. Upon discovering a Foundable, you must send it back to the Wizarding World, an act that results in rewards. It's up to you to ready your wand, prepare your potions, brush up your spells and help prevent The Calamity from exposing the secrets of the wizarding world.
Players can choose from three jobs for their character which means players will have different skills and abilities from each other. At these locations, you'll face off against the likes of Death Eaters (Voldemort's supporters) and happiness-sucking Dementors. Now, Niantic has given us some info on what to expect from Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and it looks like it's going to seriously expand on the Pokemon GO formula. In addition, there are Portmanteaus that, when unlocked, hand out Portkeys that "whisk you away to iconic wizarding world locations". In many ways, Wizards Unite is more like a typical RPG than like Pokemon Go. The Pokemon Go parallels are front and center; instead of PokeStops, for example, Wizards Unite has greenhouses and inns where you can get various items. Eurogamer has gone hands-on with the title to explain that when "playing a beta version of Wizards Unite, it already feels as deep and well-rounded as Pokémon Go does in its third year - with layers of familiar and fresh-feeling ideas and servers that mostly play (Poké) ball", which clearly points to something similar that's also trying to do its own thing. You'll be able to interact with those characters and using AR, view them in the real world in full 360-degree glory.