Harry Potter game is Pokemon Go creator's next trick

The maker of Pokemon Go has revealed it’s engaged on a Harry Potter-themed follow-up that may also embrace augmented actuality options.

Niantic mentioned gamers would discover and combat fantasy beasts in real-world neighbourhoods within the smartphone sport, which has but to get a launch date.

Pokemon Go reportedly had about 45 million daily players at its peak and generated more than $1.2bn (£915m) in sales.

One knowledgeable mentioned the Harry Potter model had the potential for related success.

Writer Warner Bros Interactive owns the online game rights to the Harry Potter collection. It has beforehand developed Lego-branded tie-in titles through its TT Video games subsidiary as properly partnering with Digital Arts to create action-adventures that launched alongside the films.

Warner mentioned Niantic’s Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was simply one of several new games primarily based on JK Rowling’s characters which can be deliberate. They may all be launched below a brand new label – Portkey Video games – so-named as a result of Portkeys transport wizards from place to position within the books.

Claims that Niantic would make a Harry Potter-themed game were first reported in July 2016 however have been dismissed as a hoax, not least as a result of the San Francisco-based developer was nonetheless rolling out Pokemon Go on the time.

The Pokemon title grew to become the primary mainstream hit for augmented actuality, by which real-world views captured through a digicam are combined along with pc graphics on the display screen.

Niantic had beforehand tried to popularise AR with Ingress, a location-based sci-fi sport launched in 2012. But it surely was solely after it took on a longtime model that it caught the broader public’s consideration.

“I believe the Harry Potter sport is a large deal,” commented Piers Harding-Rolls from the IHS Markit consultancy.

“In case you have a look at the completely different main franchises on the market, I do not assume there are a lot of that might do Pokemon Go justice as a follow-up.”

Comparatively few details have been provided at this level in regards to the forthcoming sport, besides that it’ll contain gamers studying spells earlier than exploring their neighbourhoods to seek for mysterious artefacts and combat “legendary beasts” with the choice to workforce up with others to “take down highly effective enemies”.

Potter followers have been advised they must wait till subsequent 12 months to find extra.

The title is prone to reap the benefits of enhanced augmented actuality options supplied by Apple and Google through their ARKit and ARCore developer instruments, which weren’t accessible when Pokemon Go launched.

However Niantic could also be conscious that a lot of Pokemon Go’s remaining followers play it with its AR options switched off as a result of it makes the sport simpler to play and helps save battery life.

“I anticipate the Harry Potter augmented actuality experiences can be extra sturdy and sophisticated than they have been in Pokemon Go, which ought to make the sport extra dynamic and the expertise extra participating,” Mr Harding-Rolls predicted.

“However I nonetheless do not assume they are going to be important to the expertise.”

Revealed at Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:24:46 +0000