Augmented Reality Game 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Launches Early on iOS App Store

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was planned to debut on the iOS App Store and Google Play tomorrow, June 21, but Niantic has surprise launched the augmented reality game one day early. You can download the app right now on the iOS App Store for free, if you live in the United States or United Kingdom [Direct Link] (via TechCrunch).

Inspired by Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite tasks players with joining the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to explore iconic Wizarding World locations that have been placed in the real world. This means that to get the most out of the app, you'll have to trek out into the real world to find various magical artefacts, creatures, and other wizards.


The story behind the game is that some kind of calamity has hit the Wizarding World, causing certain "Foundables" -- various in-game collectibles like fantastic beasts -- to begin appearing in the muggle world. Because of this event, witches and wizards have formed the Statue of Secrecy Task Force, tasking new recruits with capturing the artefacts and protecting the secret of magic.

Similar to Pokémon Go, real-world locations will be hotspots for various activities in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, allowing players to learn new spells and capture beasts using the AR features of iPhone devices. There are also real-time cooperative elements where you can join friends to battle high-level enemies. Players will be able to choose to specialize in different magical professions, like being an Auror or Magizoologist, to learn unique skills as well.

Head to Niantic's website for the game to learn more, and to the iOS App Store to download it today [Direct Link].



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4 weeks ago
OMG!! ONLY Facebook or Google Login allowed. Ummmmm no. JUST NO!
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4 weeks ago
You have to create an account with Facebook or Google? No thanks.

Why would you need an account to play a game. Tracking
Rating: 5 Votes
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4 weeks ago
I’ve installed and played for 5 min.


The into for a new player is terrible. I’ve no idea who I am or what needs to be done other than some stupid word called “foundables?”

This looks like a bad copy of Pokemon, I’m surprised it’s from a serious developer.
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4 weeks ago

Well its a free download. How else do you expect them to make money?

By making you buy ingame stuff? Like Pokémon coins in Pokémon Go?
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4 weeks ago

I’ve installed and played for 5 min.


The into for a new player is terrible. I’ve no idea who I am or what needs to be done other than some stupid word called “foundables?”

This looks like a bad copy of Pokemon, I’m surprised it’s from a serious developer.


Yep. There is way too much going on with the UI and too many things you can click. I ain’t got no time for such a learning curve to play a game
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4 weeks ago

I’m struggling to find the appeal in this. I love the HP universe and Pokémon go was fun, but I just can’t get on board with this one so far. The idea of walking around in a HP world is a lot less appealing than a Pokémon one imo


I’m in the same boat. I think it’s because the immediacy of the Catch/Fight/Evolve Pokemon gameplay takes little explaining and it has a huge Nostalgia factor attached.

Harry Potter doesn’t really have the benefit of any of the above and the game needed too much explaining.
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4 weeks ago
Before anyone asks I can confirm it’s working on iOS 13. Now where are my fellow Slytherins at?
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4 weeks ago

Google owns Niantic. Who makes ingress, then pokemon go and finally harry potter wizards unite. So it makes sense you use their login system.

While it started as an internal Google company, it’s now a stand alone company. Yes, Google owns a significant share but so does Nintendo, Pokemon Company and other investors.
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4 weeks ago
I’m struggling to find the appeal in this. I love the HP universe and Pokémon go was fun, but I just can’t get on board with this one so far. The idea of walking around in a HP world is a lot less appealing than a Pokémon one imo
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4 weeks ago

You have to create an account with Facebook or Google? No thanks.

Why would you need an account to play a game. Tracking


Well its a free download. How else do you expect them to make money?
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