New Harry Potter Game Is To Be Launched By 'Pokémon Go' Creators
Thanks to technology, we have been witnessing the rise of fantastic augmented reality games. Augmented reality gaming, also known as AR gaming, is the fusion of game visual and audio content with the player's environment in real time. Amazingly, a Harry Potter game is in the works. The makers of ‘Pokemon Go' are developing Harry Potter: wizard Unite. With inspiration from J.K Rowling's Wizarding World, the game is set to be the next biggest thing among ‘Harry Potter’ fans. Although the game is expected to launch later on in 2019, members of the press were allowed to play a premature preview edition of the game.
‘HARRY POTTER: WIZARD UNITE’ GAME IS FROM THE MAKERS OF “POKEMON GO’
‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ is a brand new smartphone game for mobile devices. J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World inspired the game. Creators of ‘Pokemon Go,' 'WB Games’ and ‘Niantic’ are the co-developers of the game. The new smartphone ‘Harry Potter’ game has a comparable mechanism and will allow players to follow their magical escapade wherever they take their devices.
In ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,’ players will assume the character of a new wizard draft, working with the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. The initiative is responsible for unraveling the mystery of the Calamity, a significant incident that dispersed magical antiquities and creatures all over the world. Players will tour the real world looking for signs of magic, encountering archetypal Harry Potter characters along the way. Beautifully, Business Insider's Matt Weinberger had an opportunity to play the game at a non-public event. However, the game is not ready for a global release just yet. Niantic has revealed that ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ will kick off this year, but no exact time frame was shared. ‘Pokemon Go’ launched in July 2016.
The exciting game allowed players in North America venture out into the summer weather to explore the game during its early months. Hopefully ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ would do the same thing. Let's talk about the features of the game.
PLAYERS WILL SCOUT THE REAL WORLD TO DISCOVER SIGNS OF MAGIC AT UNIQUE STATIONS
When players venture into the real world, they will locate different Wizarding locations on their in-game map. Some of these locations include greenhouses, inns, fortresses. Additionally, there will be traces of magic that will activate distinct encounters.
3D GRAPHICS AND NIFTY AUGMENTED REALITY EFFECTS ARE USED FOR THE GAME'S MAGICAL ENCOUNTERS
Some encounters will have players help magical creatures, like Demiguise from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ Others will compel players to fight dark wizards, like Lord Voldemort's horrifying Death Eaters. 3D graphics and nifty augmented reality effects are used for these encounters, and they help to channel each scene onto your surroundings. Every victorious engagement becomes logged in your registry and gains you rewards.
Players will also be capable of casting many spells by trailing patterns on their screen, with points for rapidity and precision. Furthermore, players will be classified into one of the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw. ‘Niantic’ has teased some social elements about being publicized, but it's not uncertain how the player's selection of houses will affect gameplay.
Interestingly, players will also get to pick a profession, such as Auror, Magizoologist, or Professor, to enhance their quest by granting them unique skills and abilities. Each profession has its fortitudes: Magizoologist finds magical beings while Aurors are wizards who duel against dark arts.
DURING WIZARDING CHALLENGES, PLAYERS CAN WORK WITH EACH OTHER TO UNSEAL UNIQUE REWARDSWhen stopping by at the fortresses on the map, players will be allowed to participate in Wizarding Challenges. The challenges are multiplayer competitions that match groups against a team of enemies, often with specific circumstances or handicaps. Players from different professions (Auror, Magizoologist, or Professor) will be persuaded to work cooperatively to conquer Wizarding Challenges and obtain exceptional bonuses.
IT IS LIKELY POSSIBLE FOR PLAYERS NOT TO SEE PROFESSOR SNAPE IN THE GAME, BUT THEY'LL GET TO MIX THEIR OWN POTIONSThe game features just got more exciting! In ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ players can blend potions by making use of ingredients earned in their trips, including from greenhouses. Potions can increase and help supply some short-term rewards. However, Niantic cautions that players will have to go searching in different real-life weather conditions to fetch all the ingredients they might require.
ANOTHER FEATURE ALLOW PLAYERS TO LOCATE PORTKEYS
In the ‘Harry Potter’ world, portkeys are generally simple items that would most likely be overlooked by regular people. Nonetheless, wizards can use them to travel immediately to another place or destination. If players uncover a portkey, they'll be able to use their smartphone as a doorway to ideal locations in the Wizarding World. With the portkey, players can scan full 360-degree environs in augmented reality like Ollivander's wand shop.
‘HARRY POTTER: WIZARDS UNITE’ WILL POSSIBLY TAKE MANY YEARS TO NARRATE
As progress is being made, players will find more cues leading to the truth behind the Calamity. ‘Niantic’ discloses that ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ will have a storyline spanning multiple years, with various mystique to uncover.
Although the game doesn't take place at Hogwarts, Harry, Hermione, Hagrid, and other character favorites are featured in ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ and its utterly voice-acted tale.
Source: BUSINESS INSIDER