Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mixes Pokemon Go with a mobile mystery, but release date remains hidden

CNET | 3/11/2019 | Clifford Colby
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First announced in 2017, the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite augmented reality game will be familiar to anyone who's played the wildly successful Pokemon Go. Relying on your phone's GPS, you move around the physical world and interact with beasts, objects, points of interest and other witches and wizards you come across on your game's map. The game is a joint effort from WB Games San Francisco and Niantic under the Portkey Games label. It'll be released before the end of the year, the game developers said last week at a briefing at Niantic's San Francisco headquarters.

The game is far enough along in development that Niantic invited a handful of journalists to its offices last Tuesday to get an update and then play a prerelease version. (For Android users, you can preregister for the game on the Google Play store. Apple's iOS App Store isn't accepting preregistrations yet.) Prowling the waterfront of San Francisco on a rainy morning, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this Potter-meets-Pokemon-Go experience.

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What is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

A registry page with items to collect.

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I'm walking to my bus after a day at the office keeping my wits about me. Instead of dodging traffic or the guy trying to get me to sign a petition, I'm watching for magical beasts from the world of Harry Potter. Dueling dark wizards and overpowering magical beasts is a tough job, but it's all in day's work when you're keeping the Muggle world safe from unexpected calamity. And it's all happening on my phone.

An unexplained calamity is scattering magical items across the Muggle world.

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It's unclear who's responsible and how long the magical artifacts will stay hidden from Muggles.

As part of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, your duty is to look for magical traces of the calamity and piece together...
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