It’s almost three years ago ( on July 6) that mobile game Pokémon Go took the world by storm. It was such fun to see guys in suits over at the bank where I work, walk outside with their phones out and using names like Machop and Ratana.
Today, the successor is in the App Store and Android shop: Wizards Unite by Niantic is here. This time, you aren’t searching for Pokémon, but you enter the world of Harry Potter.
Released ahead of schedule
The game was originally scheduled to launch on today but the downloads already went live on Thursday. First in Australia, and on Friday you could download it in the US and UK too. It’s now Sunday and 25 more countries have been included. This includes Canada and Mexico in the Americas as well as several European and Scandinavian countries, including France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Norway and Sweden. You can also expect to play in a handful of other places around the world, such as India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Daniel Radcliffe has lent his voice to this game, that is a collaboration between Niantic and Warner Brothers Games.
You explore the real world, searching for signs of magic and encountering iconic Harry Potter characters along the way, much like Pokémon Go. You will take on the role of a new wizard recruit working with the Statute of Secrecy Task Force – the group responsible for solving the mystery of the Calamity, a major event that scattered magical artifacts and creatures all over the world.
Instead of throwing Pokéballs, you trace spells and match outlined forms on your screen. Search everywhere you go for artifacts and creatures, fill up collections of characters, items and magical animals. I’m pretty sure this game has the HP fans very happy, plus people who love Pokémon Go might just give this a try as well.