Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the follow-up to Pokemon Go from creators Niantic Labs, is now available on iOS and Android mobile AR devices. The game was originally slated for release tomorrow, June 21, but appears to have started rolling out a day early in some territories. In California it was available for download this morning.
Since it’s the same developer and it’s based on the same underlying framework, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite shares a lot in common with Pokemon Go. It’s a location-based AR mobile game which means you walk around in real life and your character moves around a stylized version of Google Maps. Landmarks and key spots in cities are places where you can pick up items and you need to deal with creatures and anomolies around the real world to restore order by tracing symbols on the screen to cast spells. You can read more about the details in a breakdown we published earlier this year here.
If you are just starting out like me and want to add some friends to your account (which is likely a core game mechanic for XP boosts and multiplayer content, similar to Pokemon Go) then feel free to add my friend ID (0133 9183 1557) which I’ve already posted publicly on Twitter.
One of our freelance contributors, Harry Baker, wasn’t a big fan of the early beta he tried in Australia, but continue to keep you updates on our thoughts as we get deeper and as the game evolves over time. I’m a pretty huge Potterhead (and devoted Ravenclaw, the best house) so I plan on playing this far more than I ever did Pokemon Go.