The magical world is fraying at the edges. All the beasts and nasties usually kept at bay by the wizards are starting to appear in view of muggles. It's a dire time for the wizarding world and it's up to us to help. At least that's what I've garnered from the new Harry Potter: Wizards Unite trailer.
The new game mobile game from developer Niantic, the team behind Pokémon GO, sees the real world overlaid with magical creatures and artifacts, all of which you can find and see with your phone. Players will need to track down and deal with these magical paraphernalia before they're spotted by muggle kind.
It's on your shoulders because you're a member of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. Think of them as the Men In Black of the Potterverse.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite isn't available yet, but you can now pre-register for the game on Apple and Android so that when it doesn launch you'll be able to get right into the action.
It feels like ages ago that Pokémon GO launched but I still remember vividly going out into my street in Brixton and finding a wild Pidgey. While completely aware that it was only a game and the systems on my phone that were being used to place that Pokémon in our world, it was still a magical sensation. After so many years of only seeing Pokémon on my Game Boy, to now have one in my street was all kinds of awesome.
We might get to have that experience all over again with Wizards Unite. And, if anything, it might be an even more seamless experience. After all, the Harry Potter fiction was always placed just on the outside of the real world. I just hope we can go to Kings Cross and see the entrance to Platform 9 3/4.Are you going to pick up your wand for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
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