Gather round, muggles. It might not quite be the enrolment letter from Hogwarts you've been waiting for, but your chance to be a wizard is incoming in 2019. Or at least, according to Niantic and Warner Bros. it is. Their AR mobile game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, has just had its first trailer. Look:
It gives practically nothing away. We see a woman appear and catch a golden snitch, then quickly stick up a poster that says "The wizarding world is at risk of exposure – we need your help" before vanishing. Hmm, very mysterious.
According to the press release, Wizards Unite will let players "explore real-world surroundings to unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way". It seems like the game will have a loose narrative that involves magic overflowing into the muggle world – an event called the "Calamity" according to the game's official website – and it's your job as a player to help keep things under wraps.
Niantic, as the developer of Ingress and Pokémon Go, is obviously no stranger to creating AR mobile games. But exactly how similar Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be to its previous titles remains to be seen. Will we be able to capture the fantastic beasts we encounter? Will we be casting spells at a dragon in order to keep it as a pet? Or will we be exploring real-world locations to find AR clues that'll send us on some kind of treasure hunt?
It's all very mysterious. There's no set release date for Wizards Unite yet, just that it's coming in 2019. If you're interested in finding out more, you can sign up (or "enlist") on the official website.