Harry Potter Augmented-Reality Game From 'Pokemon Go' Maker Set for 2018

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Harry Potter's wizarding world will be coming to an augmented-reality mobile game in 2018 from Niantic Labs, the company behind AR game hit "Pokemon Go."

Niantic Labs is developing the augmented-reality game, "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's newly created Portkey Games division, TechCrunch reported.

For now, there aren't any additional details about the new Harry Potter game, based on J.K. Rowling's popular book series and the Warner Bros. movies. The idea is that it would let players virtually immerse themselves in Rowling's magical world, overlaid on their real-world surroundings via smartphones. Reps for WB Interactive and Niantic Labs did not respond to requests for more info.

The news comes after a rumor surfaced last year that Niantic was developing a Harry Potter AR game -- supposedly dubbed "Harry Potter Go" -- but that was debunked as a hoax.

"Pokemon Go," released by Niantic Labs in July 2016, quickly became a top mobile game and was downloaded more than 750 million times in its first year. Originally incubated within Google, Niantic spun off from the internet giant in 2015, with investments from Google, the Pokemon Co. and Nintendo.

Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke, in interview last month, predicted that "Pokemon Go has the potential to be a 20-year franchise." The company plans to eventually launch the game on augmented-reality glasses, potentially include Magic Leap's forthcoming mixed-reality headset.

11/08/2017 12:38

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