Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: Android Pre-registration Now Open On Google Play Store

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Niantic

Niantic is now accepting pre-registrations for its upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on the Google Play Store. Though there is no actual release date announced, the game is scheduled to be ready this summer. To entice fans of the wizarding world to pre-register, those who sign up may get the chance to participate in early access for the game.

The game can be seen on the iOS App Store as well, though there is no pre-register button available. It may go live anytime soon.

Similar to Pokémon Go and Ingress, the new Harry Potter game is location-based. Like Pokémon Go, it will also be an augmented reality role-playing game.

As if to tease fans even more, Niantic has revealed in a blog post what to expect in terms of gameplay. In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players begin their journey as new recruits of the group known as Statute of Secrecy Task Force. The group was started by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards with the main goal of investing and containing the event known as "The Calamity."

The game has players protect the world by stopping artifacts, creatures, people, and even memories, called Foundables, which have been affected by confounding chaotic magic. Players need to bring these items to their rightful places and ensure that these are not discovered by Muggles.

Players will not go blindly looking for these items, as a Map will be available which give out traces of magic. These traces reveal where the Foundables are located. According to Niantic, Foundables are "more likely to appear at various types of real-world locations including parks, banks, municipal buildings, college campuses, libraries, monuments, zoos, art galleries, and more," but can be found basically anywhere you can get cell phone service. To return the Foundables to their rightful place, players need to cast different spells. For each Foundable returned, players receive a corresponding reward for their troubles.

Like in many games that have magic, casting spells will use up Spell Energy. Players will need to drop by Inns in order to collect food and drinks and replenish the Spell Energy used. While going around, players can also find ingredients that can be used to brew Potions. The ingredients can be found on the map and will depend on the time of day, environment, and even weather.

Players also need to keep their eyes sharp for Portkeys. These can be unlocked to bring players to iconic locations in the Wizarding World. The game itself offers a full 360-degree Advanced AR immersive experience so you get to enjoy shops like Ollivander's. Players can also visit Fortresses, featuring real-time multiplayer battles against enemies like Dementors or Death Eaters.

There are high expectations for the game and with a franchise having a lot of die-hard fans, only time will tell if this game will perform better than Pokémon Go.

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