New mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is out now
Good news for everyone who didn’t receive a letter to Hogwarts. Developer Niantic Labs has launched its Harry Potter-flavoured version of the popular Pokémon Go app, and you can play it right now.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will initially feel pretty familiar to anybody who tried to catch all sorts of Pokémon. Take your phone out with you, and you’ll see magical artifacts around you overlaid on your actual map. Go and collect them, and along the way do battle with dementors and other nasties from the books and films.
To get in on the hype, check out the announcement trailer and tweet below:
The worldwide launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite begins this Friday, June 21! Keep your eyes peeled and wand ready for more information as the game goes live in your region soon. #WizardsUnite pic.twitter.com/ckk4s4mi8a— Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (@HPWizardsUnite) June 19, 2019
The game also intends to add a couple of layers of extra complexity to the extremely successful Pokemon Go formula, with full blown RPG elements to play with.
Players will have to pick a profession to learn new abilities, and team up with other players to complete a fortress. The Verge describes these battles as being a “cross between a traditional strategy game and something similar to Nintendo’s Fire Emblem, where one-on-one battles take place simultaneously after players select an enemy from a top-down map.
Sounds like it’ll be a little tougher to get to grips with, especially those with young children ensnared by the simple joys of Pokemon Go. All the same, you can judge for yourself by downloading the game on the App Store right now. It’s free, but with in-app purchases.