The last few months have seen plenty of teasing videos and screenshots appear for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Now the day has arrived all Potter fans have been waiting for, a chance to head out into the real world and test those magical skills.
Developed by Niantic Labs (Pokemon GO) in collaboration with Portkey Games and Warner Bros. Games, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has seen a staggered global rollout, arriving first in Australia and New Zealand in May before making its way to North America and the UK this week. This should hopefully help avoid some of the issues Niantic Labs experienced when Pokemon GO launch back in 2016 where players couldn’t get online.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite looks to feature a similar setup to a lot of geo-location style augmented reality (AR) titles like The Walking Dead: Our World and Ghostbusters World. Players will need to walk around their local neighbourhood and look for ‘Foundables’, which can be artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories, which have made it through from the wizarding world into the Muggle realm.
Collecting these magical artefacts will help restore balance and avoid causing a Calamity. Special locations around the real world such as monuments or locations of interest will act as Inns or Fortresses. Players will need to head to Inns to replenish their Spell Energy, and where they can use magical ingredients for brewing special potions. Fortresses, on the other hand, allow players to engage in real-time multiplayer battles against dangerous enemies. These challenges encourage players to work together to prevail against truly high-level threats, with success unlocking rare magical rewards.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is free to download for iOS and Android devices which are AR compatible – the AR function can be turned off to save battery – with in-app purchases available.
Check out the launch trailer below, and once VRFocus has tested Harry Potter: Wizards Unite for ourselves we’ll give you a verdict. For any further updates on the latest AR experiences, keep reading VRFocus.