After the Summer wonder that Pokémon GO was in 2016, Niantic, in tandem with Warner Bros, is coming back to release another would-be hit with its next augmented reality mobile game — Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Just like Pokémon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be a game based within the real world, and will almost certainly make use of the vast treasure trove of spatial data which both Ingress and Pokémon GO have accumulated for the company. Using augmented reality, we can expect something which plays along the lines of Pokémon GO.
In the official press release from Niantic, fans are told that the game will replicate a lot of the Harry Potter world, with the ability to learn spells and fight monsters. Can Niantic bring about yet another hit game? If they are aiming for a similar launch as last time, a Summer 2018 release may be likely in order to attempt to replicate their original success. Launching in Summer allows Niantic to cash in on a lot of students who will have time off to play, which is especially important for a game which requires active involvement.
More information about the game should come out in the coming months, and it will be exciting to see what Niantic can do with such a large brand, especially after two years of running Pokémon GO, one of the most successful mobile games released yet. While we are optimistic about the future, it is also prudent to remain cautious when it comes to Niantic, especially considering the fact that both Ingress and Pokémon GO continue to be plagued with issues to this day. Communities for both the games exist because of their love for the concept and for the franchise, and not because of convincing game mechanics. There is plenty of room for improvement as well as features for both the titles, and Niantic’s radio silence paints a reticent future for Ingress and Pokémon GO.