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Harry Potter to come under augmented reality spell

Harry Potter to come under augmented reality spell

Niantic Labs has confirmed the new title will be called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and will be developed in conjunction with Warner Bros. "With Portkey Games, we are thrilled to answer the fans' requests for more games inspired by J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World", said Haddad.

To celebrate the announcement, HBO released a short, animated video featuring the Marauder's Map that Harry receives in Prisoner of Azkaban.

Like Pokémon Go, the game's emphasis will be on going out and exploring the real world through a smartphone and its camera.

Wizards Unite will let you step into the wizarding world via AR. Players will move through their physical world to collect power-ups and defend locations (presumably, similar to Pokémon Go's gym system).

Remember the craze of Pokemon Go?

Pokemon Go reportedly had about 45 million daily players at its peak and generated more than $1.2bn (£915m) in sales. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games San Francisco's development team on the project.

The game has continued to grow since its release, with the addition of new Pokémon, special themed events, and raids - allowing players to team-up to take down and potentially catch powerful Pokémon, including rare legendaries.

In the meantime, Potter heads will be pleased to know that a release date has been set for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2.

According to BBC, rumors circulated previous year that a Harry Potter game was in the works, but it was eventually debunked. The choice of HBO as the streaming home also makes sense, given that Harry Potter is a Warner Bros. property, and both HBO and Warner Bros. are owned by Time Warner cable.