The long-awaited augmented reality game, based on Pokémon GO mastermind Niantic's Harry Potter franchise, is closer to the release when the developer started the app's public beta test.
Harry Potter's beta version Tuesday: Wizards Unite, developed in partnership with Niantic, Warner Bros. and Portkey Games, was released in Google Play and the App Store in Australia. The country below joins New Zealand (which gained access to Beta on April 16) as the lucky guinea pigs for the location-based game.
Based on previously published previews, the game follows The formula developed by Niantic with Ingress and Pokémon GO as a scavenger hunt combined with a turn-RPG that takes place in real locations. Ironically, there are a few twists and adjustments that affect subsequent location-based games that copied the Niantic model, namely the augmented reality offerings of the Ghostbusters, Walking Dead, and Jurassic Park franchises.
Interested owners of Android devices can register via Google Play for the game, while iPhone and iPad users can sign up for updates on the official website of the game. And those who are really excited about choosing the game can get their code name from the wider launch.
The game has a long gestation period, with the original announcement in November 2017.
Since then, Niantic has introduced its AR Cloud Solution Niantic Real World Platform, which represents the foundation for restarting Ingress , as well as improvements to Pokémon GO. Niantic has hinted that the platform will serve as the basis for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Therefore, between the new platform and collaboration with several other entities, there are some reasonable excuses for the long delay.
Now that the game is released as Beta, it will not be long for the rest of the world to get hands on some mobile AR magic.