Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Release Date Set For June 21

Posted: Jun 18 2019, 8:23pm CDT | by , Updated: Jun 22 2019, 4:56pm CDT, in Technology News

 

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite release date set for June 21
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“The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter.”

Niantic, the studio behind Pokemon Go, has officially declared June 21 as the release date of its highly anticipated mobile game, “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. The game is largely based on the award-winning Harry Potter book and movie franchise.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is co-developed and co-published by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, under the Portkey Games label, which is owned by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Niantic formally made the announcement at an event held outside of Universal Studios’ Wizarding World. The company also posted the game’s trailer on Twitter:

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite first launched on beta in Australia and New Zealand in April, welcoming feedback from its beta players to better improve the gaming experience. The beta run allowed Niantic’s developers to run internal tests, fix bugs and make improvements to gameplay.

Back in March, when Niantic first revealed details about the game, the company said Harry Potter: Wizards Unite combines content and characters from the books and movies. A snippet of the game shows strong similarity with the movie franchise’s cast.

The game begins with players starting as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, which was formed by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating, containing and preventing “The Calamity” from exposing the secrets of the wizarding world.

The Calamity causes artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world.

Meanwhile, portals called “Foundables” appear at various types of real-world locations including parks, banks, municipal buildings, college campuses, libraries, monuments, zoos and art galleries, among other places.

Witches and wizards can also develop their skills by specializing in various types of magical professions — such as Aurors, Magizoologists, and Professors — much like in the Harry Potter novels.

Players can also test their combating skills as the game allows for real-time multiplayer battles against Death Eaters, werewolves and other monsters.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is already available for pre-orders on Google Play and on Apple’s App Store ahead of the global rollout on Friday.

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