Is practicing Witchcraft and Wizardry your thing? Niantic, the makers of Pokémon Go, plans to release a free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality Harry Potter game.
Though not yet available, there are a few details out there of what the game entails. Players will be part of the ‘Statute of Secrecy Task Force’ and asked to roam around in search of ‘foundables’. These are artefacts, creatures, people and memories.
Similar to Pokémon Go, to ‘catch’ these foundables, you’ll need to cast spells to beat the ‘confoundable’ magic and return the foundables to the wizard world. Gameplay footage shows that to cast a spell you’ll need to trace patterns on your smartphone screen, so this may be a bit more complex than throwing small balls towards a variety of creatures.
And like gyms in Pokémon Go, you can team up with other players to battle villains like Death Eaters and Dementors.
The makers of the game plan to keep us hooked and it is reported that there will be more to ‘do’ than in Pokémon Go.
We haven’t seen the release date yet but Android users can pre-register on the Google Play store.
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