Niantic have confirmed that their next major release will be a Pokémon GO-esque game based on the Harry Potter franchise.
You’d think that a phenomenon based on seven books – the last of which was published over a decade ago – would have a fairly limited shelf-life. Evidently Harry Potter is the exception to the rule and Niantic have confirmed that the follow-up to Pokémon GO will be an AR game based upon the evergreen wizarding franchise, called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Niantic made the announcement via their official website:
Although there are few other details about the game, from the description of it one could safely deduce that mechanics recently introduced to Pokémon GO will feature. The ability to “team up with others to take down powerful enemies” sounds very similar to raid battles. It’s also likely to feature elements of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, which is spun from the Harry Potter universe.
This announcement doesn’t come as a complete surprise because a Harry Potter themed AR game has been rumoured for quite some time, although the rumour was denied last year.
Harry Potter: WU (OK, maybe that’s not going to catch on…) will release sometime in 2018. A spring/summer launch similar to Pokémon GO would be sensible for a game that requires its players to be outside, even though the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t due until the end of the year.
Elsewhere, Niantic will continue delivering content for Pokémon GO with more third generation creatures arriving in December 2017, joining those that appeared during the Halloween event.
It’s likely to be a gradual process though, with the 130-ish creatures introduced in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald likely to debut throughout 2018. There have also been some adjustments to drops from PokéStops in the game, with players now more likely to receive PokéBalls and berries than potions.