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Pokémon Go creator confirms Harry Potter AR game

Pokémon Go creator confirms Harry Potter AR game

It's possible that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use sounds as cues.

It's being co-developed by Warner Bros.

Similar to Pokemon Go, the Harry Potter; Wizards Unite mobile game will show digital images on top of real-life objects when you view them on a smartphone or tablet.

Players will wander around different neighborhoods and cities, as they will embark on different adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters. They will all be released under a new label - Portkey Games - so-named because Portkeys transport wizards from place to place in the books.

Instead of using inspiration from the popular anime series Pokemon, the creators are targeting another cultural icon with a big fan base - Harry Potter.

If you enjoyed spending countless hours stumbling through public parks late at night playing Pokémon Go, we've got good news for you: there's a new game in the works.

Although details about the game are scarce, Niantic Labs teased the premise in a press release.

HBO now has the streaming rights for the Harry Potter universe film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and has recently streamed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but not at the same time.

The title is likely to take advantage of enhanced augmented reality features provided by Apple and Google via their ARKit and ARCore developer tools, which were not available when Pokemon Go launched.

"I think the Harry Potter game is a huge deal", Piers Harding-Rolls of IHS Markit consultancy told the BBC.

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