Niantic has announced the release date for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the company’s augmented reality follow-up to Pokémon Go, for iOS and Android device in the U.S. and U.K. The free-to-play game will be available on Friday, June 21, and the Google Play Store and Apple App Store both already have landing pages for the release. It doesn’t look like either platform will be left out of the early days of the game.
Niantic has also released an exciting live-action launch trailer, which you can watch at the top of this post. It’s worth taking the time; the trailer is a lot fun and scratches the Harry Potter itch in a way that not even the latest movies have been able to.
Niantic described the game’s structure in a blog post from March:
As you step outside and explore the world, the Map will reveal Traces of magic, highlighting the location of magical Foundables. While these Traces can be found all around you, certain Foundables may be more likely to appear at various types of real-world locations including parks, banks, municipal buildings, college campuses, libraries, monuments, zoos, art galleries, and more. Cast a variety of spells to overcome the Confoundable magic, keep the magical Foundables safe, and send them back to the wizarding world. By returning Foundables, you’ll earn unique rewards that can be tracked in the game Registry.
As you cast spells, you’ll consume Spell Energy. Be sure to regularly stop by Inns, found at Muggle locations around the world, to collect food and drinks that replenish your Spell Energy. While exploring, you’ll also come across ingredients that can be used to brew Potions, which will aid you in different aspects of your Wizarding World journey. These ingredients can be found on the Map, varying by the environment, weather, and time of day, as well as in specially designated Greenhouses.
You can also find Portkeys to unlock 360-degree versions of locations from the films to explore.
It sounds like there will be a lot to do at launch, and we’ll have more coverage of the game once it unlocks this Friday.
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