It looks like the Harry Potter version of Pokémon GO will not be released in 2018, as the company has decided to postpone the game's release to 2019.
"Get ready for some exciting and entertaining adventures," the company said in a blog post. "We've worked hard with our WB Games partners and can not wait to bring the magic of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, part of the Portkey Games label, for you in 2019."
In the meantime, anxious fans just got a new trailer to whet their appetite and get an indication of what the gameplay looks like. In addition, Niantic has reworked the game's website to reflect the creatives featured in the trailer, and to displace teasers on Facebook Twitter and Instagram.
The trailer and website reinforce the previously published premise, with magical powers invading the Muggle world, prompting players to cast spells to contain the mystical threats. In the trailer, a girl with a magic wand casts a spell to catch a golden snitch, so it seems there will be a hunting element as well.
Following the announcement of Harry Potter Wizards Unite just over a year ago, Niantic CEO John Hanke indicated in January that the game would not be released until July. Then, in a summer blog report from 2018 titled "Always Ready for an Exciting Fall," the game was next to the updates from Pokémon GO (which was eventually Adventure Sync) and the launch of Ingress Prime.
Today's announcement probably disapoints patient fans. Not only did they experience the ingress reboot, but also location-based AR games based on the Google Maps API of the Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters franchises, announced since the announcement of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. (Similarly, Walking Dead's entry into the genre was announced in August 2017, but was introduced in July 2018, so it also appeared less than a year after its announcement.)
Do Niantics have ambitions, including Niantic Real World Platform, on which to build the Harry Potter game, and the Adventure Sync Background Step feature, which will also be included in the game, has stretched the company too thin?
Or has cooperation with an IP owner caused the delay, given that Ingress Prime (based on Niantic's own IP) has arrived within a shorter timeframe? Or does Niantic need to provide more data to use the capabilities of its Real World Platform? Without a cloak of invisibility that you can sneak around and listen to in the offices of Niantic, you can not say.
In the meantime, there is no shortage of apps from Niantic and others that will allow Harry Potter fans to refresh their location. based AR gaming capabilities.
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