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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an upcoming mobile game to be presented by Pottermore in collaboration with Warner Bros. Interactive. Part of a new series to be released under the Portkey Games label, the game is described as being a Harry Potter version of the hit augmented-reality game Pokémon Go and made by the same developer, Niantic.[2][3]

On April 16, a beta version was released in New Zealand for Android and iOS devices.[4]

Plot

When unpredictable traces of magic appear all over the Muggle world, the Wizarding world faces potential exposure. To avert this calamity, the Ministry of Magic begins recruiting witches and wizards to join the Statute of Secrecy Task Force.

Gameplay

The gameplay is similar to other Niantic game, such as Pokémon Go and Ingress. As an AR game, the main aspect of the game is to interact with the real world, which is provided by a map of the player's location.

Niantic released the first beta testing version of the game in New Zealand.[4] In this version, all features presented in the game are playable, although some content is not yet available. The following appear in the beta version.

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Foundable and the Registry

The other objects the player can encounter are Foundables, which can be a variety of things: wizards, creatures, items, memories and so on. The player must accurately trace the suggested spell to 'return' the Foundable to the Ministry and add it to the player's Registry.

The Registry is divided into 4 categories and display the captured Foundables:

Map and Locations

On the map, the player can see their own character, various locations, Foundables and random potion ingredients. Owls and letters can be seen flying in the background, and if the player moves too fast, they will ride a broom.

Locations are static, real-life locations present on the map and taken from Niantic's database (based on Portals in Ingress and PoKéStops and Gyms in Pokémon Go). There are three types of buildings:

  • Inns, which the player can visit to regain energy. Inns appear as small buildings and often have different colour. Once rewarded energy, a 5-minute cooldown period is activated until the Inn can award more energy, signalled by smoke coming out the Inn's chimney.
  • Greenhouses, where the player is rewarded potion ingredients. Similarly to Inns, there is a 5-minute cooldown once ingredients are rewarded.
  • Fortresses, where the player can battle wizards and creature alongside fellow players to gain experience and rewards. To access Fortresses, the player needs to possess a Runestone.

Ministry ID and Suitcase

The Ministry ID displays information about the player's character. The player can customize their name and surname, title, Hogwarts House, profession, wand and wizarding achievements. Hogwarts Houses do not have an impact of the gameplay, other that changing the character's robe color.

The Suitcase is used to access the player's information. It contains the following:

  • Vault, which contains potions, ingredients, utility and Runestones.
  • Profession, where the player can advance their character's statistics. The current professions are Auror, Magizoologist and Professor. Each profession has access to different lessons which improve the character in different ways. Changing profession freely is permitted.
  • Potions, where you can brew up to four potions at the time.
  • Registry, where collected Foundables appear.
  • Portkeys, were Portkeys are stored.

Tasks

The game feature two types of daily rewards. Daily tasks currently include returning Foundables, collecting ingredients, visiting Inns and such. Daily treasure takes into account daily log-ins.

Special tasks are in-game events, not yet available.

Weather and Moon Phases

The game feature different weathers and moon phases, which mirror real-time weathers and moon phases based on the player's location.

The following weathers are in the game: Clear, Fog, Overcast, Partly Cloudy, Rainy Snow and Windy. The follow moon phases appear: First Quarter, Full, New Moon, Third Quarter, Waning Crescent, Waning Gibbous, Waxing Crescent and Waxing Gibbous.

Both features influence Confoundable appearances.

Characters

Several characters appear in Wizards United through dialogues, usually to give advice and explanations to the player. They do not appear on the map.

Spells

Most spells are used against Confoundables to free them. The spell is suggested by the game. Another spell, Combat Bolt, is used as generic combat spell in Fortresses.

The following spells appear in the game to free Confoundables:

Potions

Each potion requires the right ingredient to brew, and the brewing time differs from potion to potion. Performing the right Master Notes (want movements on the brewing potion) will decrease the brewing time.

Objects

Media gallery

Notes and references

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