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.

LEGO Dimensions

LEGO Dimensions Ending Development of New Content

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In a brief announcement on twitter, the official LEGO Dimensions account confirmed that active development on the toys-to-life game is ceasing (Eurogamer first reported on the yet-confirmed news last week). No new expansion, story, or fun packs will be produced.

Warner Bros. and TT Games have promised to continue supporting LEGO Dimensions and all current content through server and customer support. But the writing is now firmly on the walls.

LEGO Dimensions originally launched in September 2015 as Warner Bros.’ answer to popular toys-to-life games like Disney Infinity and Skylanders. It uses special LEGO toysets that can be scanned and used in game. It featured a wide variety of officially licensed franchises. In fact most of the content was from other games, movies, or TV shows, including Ghostbusters, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Teen Titans, and The Powerpuff Girls.

Wave 9, which included The Teen Titans and Powerpuff Girls packs, represents the last new content released for LEGO Dimensions. Over 50 packs, from big story levels to small characters, have been released over the last two years.

Unlike other toys-to-life games, LEGO Dimensions was developed as a single starter pack with three years of planned expansion content. But the add-ons didn’t sell as well, particularly in the second season of releases this year. TT Games has now resumed work on more traditional LEGO video games, such as the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.

The cancellation announcement echoes Skylanders’ earlier this year, where Activision announced no new Skylanders game for the first time in six years. Skylanders has effectively been put on hiatus with no news of the future of the franchise.

Also earlier this year we saw the total death of Disney Infinity, which was given a hard stop by Disney, gradually ceasing new content and rolling down servers and online support. Despite lacking a singular game, Nintendo’s amiibo figures continue to sell, though sales have noticeably dropped this year.

LEGO Dimensions Adds Teen Titans Go, Powerpuff Girls, Beetlejuice

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Disney Infinity closed its doors last year and Skylanders won’t be putting out a new title this year for the first time since 2011. But LEGO Dimensions is still going strong.

Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced five new expansion packs for their toys-to-life title that incorporates actual LEGO figures. The new sets are aimed at the Cartoon Network crowd, adding Teen Titans Go!, The Powerpuff Girls, and Beetlejuice. The Team Packs and smaller Fun Packs will arrive on September 12, closing out the second season of LEGO Dimensions releases.

The Teen Titans Go! Team Pack includes four figures: the Raven and Beast Boy minifigures, as well as the Teen Titans T-Car and Spellbook of Azarath. The T-Car is a 3-in-1 vehicle that can change into the Forklift and T-Plane. The Spellbook can be transformed into Raven Wings and a Giant Hand to provide flying and digging powers.

The Teen Titans Go! Fun Pack includes two figures: Starfire minifigure and Titan Robot. Like the T-Car the robot can be changed into the T-Rocket and Robot Retreiver. Both packs provide access to the Teen Titans Go! Adventure World in Jump City. This new area features worlds from the Teen Titans Go! cartoon, including Titans Tower and Wacka Doodles Amusement Park.

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The Powerpuff Girls have also been divided into a Team Pack and a Fun Pack. The Team Pack includes two of the girls, Blossom and Bubbles, as well as the PPG Smartphone and Octi figures. The PPG Smartphone can change into the PPG Hotline and Powerpuff Mag-Net. Octi can be rebuilt into the Super Skunk or Sonic Squid.

To complete the Powerpuff trifecta you’ll need to purchase the Fun Pack. The Powerpuff Girls Fun Pack includes the Buttercup minifigure and the 3-in-1 Mega Blast Bot. The Bot can turn into the Ka-Pow Cannon and Slammin’ Guitar to add new combat moves.

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Both packs open up the Powerpuff Girls Adventure World. Explore locations like Rainbow Land, and Pokey Oaks Elementary, as well as the Battle Arena.

Beetlejuice only gets a Fun Pack, which adds the goofy ghoul minifigure as well as a rather nasty looking Sandworm. The Sandworm can turn into the Haunted Vacuum and Spooky Spider. Beetlejuice also opens up a new Adventure World and Battle Arena.

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LEGO Dimensions is available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.