Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Is a Pokémon GO-like AR Mobile Game

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The creators of Pokémon GO (Niantic Inc.) are joining forces with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to create an augmented reality mobile game based on J.K. Rowling’s incredibly popular Harry Potter series. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will utilize the same AR technology as Pokémon GO. No release date has yet been announced. More details will be revealed in 2018.

“At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. “The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”

Gameplay will operate much like Pokémon GO. Players will explore neighborhoods and cities, learning and casting spells, finding magical artifacts, and encounter beasts and characters from the Harry Potter universe.

“With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “It is wonderful to have Niantic’s remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives.”

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is co-developed by Niantic and Portkey Games. Portkey Games is a games label under WBIE that specifically creates content based on the Harry Potter license. Harry Poter: Wizards Unit will be published by Niantic, and is probably coming some time next year.

Niantic has come under frequent fire and criticism regarding server issues and instability for Pokémon GO, particularly surrounding the game’s rocky launch in Summer 2016. Despite frequent setbacks and problems Pokémon GO proved so popular it reached mainstream cultural phenomenon that most games can only dream of.

Harry Potter’s popularity easily rivals that of Pokémon. Let’s hope they have a handle on the incoming tide of wizards.

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Pokémon GO Fest and Solstice Event Celebrate One Year Anniversary

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We’re coming up to the one year anniversary of Pokémon GO, which has hit 750 million global downloads. Niantic will be celebrating with two events – one in-game and one in the real world.

The Solstice Event starts June 13. The in-game event will feature more Fire and Ice-type Pokémon as well as bigger XP bonuses for accurately thrown Poké Balls. The XP boosting Lucky Eggs will also be discounted in the in-game shop.

In preparation for an upcoming update that includes “collaborative group gameplay features,” Gyms will be temporarily disabled for a short period of time.

The real-world event is the Pokémon GO Fest, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois on July 22. Tickets will go on sale on June 19 at 10:00 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. Actual details of the event should be announced before that time as well.

Japan is getting a “Pikachu Outbreak” event in August. European trainers are getting a Pokémon GO Event across the continent from June to September in partnership with a shopping center. Details and schedules for these events are still forthcoming.

Pokémon GO initially launched on July 6, 2016. It had a rocky launch full of server issues and bugs. Despite its near constant problems, Pokémon GO enjoyed a level of widespread mainstream success far beyond most video games. The combination of capturing Pokémon and an AR camera resonated with millions of people around the world.

In the year since Pokémon GO has provided updates and seasonal events. Earlier this year it finally added Gen 2 Pokémon. Some core features, such as trading, still aren’t available, however.

 

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Find More Rock Pokémon During Pokémon GO Adventure Week

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Spring time is a great time to get outdoors and walk around. You might as well fire up Pokémon GO as well. Niantic Inc. are adding some incentives to the popular app with the Adventure Week celebration. The event begins May 18 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern and ends on May 25.

“Pokémon GO was developed for people to easily experience classic Pokémon gameplay on their mobile device and catch Pokémon in the real world,” states the news post. “As a result, every day, people around the globe go outside, explore the world around them, make some new memories, and get some exercise along the way.”

The Adventure Week will see an increase to Rock-type Pokémon. Hopefully we can find elusive Rock-type fossil Pokémon such as Omanyte, Kabuto, and Aerodactyl. PokéStops will also award more items during the event, similar to how the First PokéStop of the Day rewards bonus items. Finally, your assigned Buddy Pokémon will find Candies four times as fast while you walk around.

Adventure Week also adds a new cosmetic avatar item, the Explorer’s Hat, and Poké Balls will be 50% off in the game shop.

The Pokémon GO Team encourages players to share pictures of their game in AR camera mode, and post them on social media using the hashtag #PokémonGO.

Pokémon GO Adventure Week begins this Thursday, May 18.

 

Pokémon GO Easter Event Hatches Egg-Themed Bonuses

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Pokémon GO’s steady seasonal event tie-ins continue with an Easter Event, which lasts throughout the next week. Naturally, it’s all about the eggs.

The biggest bonus of the Easter Event can be found in the smallest 2 km eggs. Normally these easy to hatch eggs usually contain common Pokémon. During the Easter Event, you’ll find a greater variety. You’ll also be rewarded with more candy for each Pokémon you hatch.

To continue with the egg theme, Lucky Eggs will be available to purchase in the in-game shop for half off. Lucky Eggs double the amount of experience you earn for 30 minutes.

Finally, everything you do during the Easter Event, from catching Pokémon to earning medals, will earn double experience.

It’s a shame that the precious egg incubators are not given the same discount treatment. Having multiple incubators is the best way to hatch eggs. In a true nickel and dime scenario, the eggs may be nicer but the incubators will cost you.

Pokémon GO remains popular even if its incredibly explosive launch has faded in the public consciousness. A steady stream of seasonal events and bonus rewards are a nice incentive to keep playing. The most recent event, the Water Festival, gave us a bunch of extra water Pokémon to find and catch.

I still play regularly, though casually, and I never feel the need to spend money. In fact, this Easter Event may be a great time to finally use some of those Lucky Eggs I’ve been hoarding.

The Pokémon GO Easter Event ends April 20.

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Pokémon GO Celebrates Valentine’s Day With More Candy

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In case you’re still playing Pokémon GO, Niantic Inc wants to share the love this week. To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year you’ll receive double the normal amount of candy for catching, hatching and transferring Pokémon. Your buddy Pokémon will also find candy twice as fast from walking. The seasonal event begins today, Feb 8, at 11am PST/2pm EST. It lasts for one week, ending at the same time on Feb 15.

More candy won’t be the only special feature in the event. Chansey, Celfable and “many other adorable pink Pokémon” can be found more often. I just strolled through the original 151 Pokémon that makes up Pokémon GO’s roster and found Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Clefairy, Mr. Mime and Jynx that could be included in the event. You could also include Slowbro, Slowpoke and Lickitung depending on how far you stretch the word “adorable.”

From the 2nd generation of Pokémon you’ll see an increase to Cleffa , Igglybuff and Smoochum when hatching from eggs. Currently the only Gen 2 Pokémon available are the babies, and only acquired through eggs. I’ve been hatching eggs since they added Gen 2 and yet to find any, but hopefully you’ll have better luck.

Lastly Lure Modules will see a huge boost. Normally a Lure Module lasts 30 minutes, but during the week-long event a single module will last six hours. Expect to see many Poké Stops with the sparkly sign of a module this week. Catch ’em all, love your Pokémon and hope Niantic and The Pokémon Company realize what the game really needs is more Pokémon.