Fans of the wizarding world of Harry Potter should be pleased to hear developer Portkey Games and Niantic Labs have released another trailer as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite continues preparations for launch later this year.
The video chronicles an ever-growing number of magical disturbances in the muggle world, from strange new creatures running amock to inanimate objects suddenly coming to life, it’s all starting to get a little rather hectic.
Much in the same way Pokemon GO or Ingress works, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an augmented reality (AR) title that requires real-world exploration. All of this chaotic magical activity needs to be stopped and it’s up to players to solve the mystery of this calamity as new recruits of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. With wands at the ready, players will need to discover mysterious artefacts and cast spells, whilst encountering fantastic beasts and iconic characters as they explore their local neighbourhoods.
While proper gameplay has yet to be shown, Niantic Labs has revealed that players need to return ‘Foundables’ – artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories – trapped by Confoundable magic to help restore the balance. They’ll need to head to Inns that can replenish their Spell Energy, and where they can use magical ingredients for brewing special potions. Those lucky enough to find a Portkey will be able to open AR portals into iconic wizarding world locations and much more.
As well as all of that to find, no Harry Potter title would be complete without some magical combat to engage in. All players need to do is head to special Fortress locations which host real-time multiplayer battles against dangerous enemies called Wizarding Challenges. These should encourage players to work together to prevail against truly high-level threats, with success unlocking rare magical rewards.
Players can pre-register for the game on Google Play or the Galaxy Store for Android devices to be among the first players to experience Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. A launch is expected later this year, no official date has been given just yet. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, reporting back with any further updates.