The Potterverse is abuzz at the thought of the Harry Potter Wizards Unite mobile game, a new augmented reality title confirmed by Niantic – that's the same Niantic that wowed the world with Pokémon Go, so let's hope the Potter version is just as enjoyable to play.
Besides the news that Harry Potter Wizards Unite is coming, we don't know too much else about the title yet, but that hasn't stopped us collecting together all the latest rumour and speculation for your perusal here. It's the complete guide to Harry Potter Wizards Unite.
- Check out the best video games consoles of 2019
- These are the top gaming phones you can buy right now
Harry Potter Wizards Unite: release date
Ah, here's the rub – what's the release date for Harry Potter Wizards Unite? Niantic is keeping tight-lipped so far, only confirming that it's coming at some point in 2019 as per the official trailer.
We're already a quarter of the way through the year, so the window for the Harry Potter Wizards Unite release date is getting smaller by the day. Considering it's an AR game that will need people to get outdoors, we're guessing summer 2019.
Harry Potter Wizards Unite: beta
Is there going to be a Harry Potter Wizards Unite beta? We'd love to get some early access to the game, but it's not yet certain that we'll get a beta version that opens its doors before the public launch.
Considering Niantic's previous smash hit Pokémon Go did have a beta version, and a staged roll out across different countries (starting in Japan), a Harry Potter Wizards Unite beta is certainly a possibility. At this stage though we don't know if it will be released to everyone at once or certain regions at certain times, though a separate Harry Potter Wizards Unite APK might be involved.
Again, your best option is to sign up for access via the game's website and make sure you're one of the first in the queue when Harry Potter Wizards Unite does see the light of day on Android and iOS – whether or not a beta version is involved.
Harry Potter Wizards Unite: trailer
We've been given a very brief Harry Potter Wizards Unite trailer to pore over, showing a player catching a Golden Snitch. The idea seems to be to grab Potter-related objects and animals before the non-magical muggles of the world spot them.
Another video shows an out-of-control nimbus broomstick making its way down the motorway. Again, you can see what the game will involve, even if we don't get any shots of the actual Android or iOS app in the clip.
Finally, a third video has also been published, though you would call it a teaser rather than a full Harry Potter Wizards Unite trailer. In this case you can see a "discombobulated" niffler creature sat inside a penny arcade machine.
Harry Potter Wizards Unite: gameplay
We've got a few clues to what the Harry Potter Wizards Unite gameplay might involve. Our first clue is Pokémon Go – the huge hit game involved going round real world locations, spotting and catching Pokémon using the magic of AR.
It's likely that the Harry Potter Wizards Unite gameplay will follow the same template, so you'll need to walk around your neighbourhood looking for creatures and objects from the world of Harry Potter, and keeping them out of sight of muggles.
We also have the official Harry Potter Wizards Unite website. It says: "Please resist the urge to panic. Traces of magic are appearing across the Muggle world without warning and in a rather chaotic manner. We worry it is only a matter of time before even the most incurious muggles catch wind of it."
That backs up what we've seen in the trailers and teasers that have been released for Harry Potter Wizards Unite. Point your phone at the nimbus, the niffler or whatever else, and it appears with a dab of augmented reality.
Our final clue for the Harry Potter Wizards Unite gameplay comes from the Niantic Labs press release – we are promised the opportunity to "learn spells" and "fight beasts", as well as "all new technology and gameplay mechanics" that suggest the game will go beyond what Pokémon Go offered.
As the Harry Potter Wizards Unite release date gets closer, we should hear more about how the smartphone game will let you interact with the real world and save the day for the world of wizards and witches.
"You will hone lightning fast wand reflexes, an ability to sniff out the faintest whiff of magical disorder from afar, and proficiency in advanced casting of multiple spells," explains the blurb on the official game site.
We're looking forward to whatever the Harry Potter Wizards Unite game has to offer in 2019 – get ready to use your phone as a wand, roam nearby streets looking for magic potion ingredients, team up with other players, and more.