The Harry Potter version of Pokémon Go in nearly upon us and it looks pretty good.
Pokémon Go was a pretty special game when it came out. It managed to create a community of people who would never usually speak to one another and actually had people go outside for fun.
It died a death though. With the best will in the world, only nerds still play it now and I actually re-downloaded it recently to see what was going on and honestly, the magic’s gone.
But if it’s magic you’re after, then look no further than what’s coming out this week as it quite literally focuses on magic.
Courtesy of Niantic – the people behind Pokémon Go – Harry Potter Wizards Unite is the new game coming to your phone on Friday (21st June).
According to a synopsis of the game:
“For the first time, you’ll soon embark on your own Wizarding World adventure together with friends in the real world.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite combines content and characters you know and love from both the original Harry Potter series and the Fantastic Beasts films in a unique Wizarding World experience.
A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these ‘Foundables’, and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes.
Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity.”
Sounds cool, and the trailer looks even cooler.
The issue is that the trailer shows people running around with wands fighting dementors and Death Eaters and that looks great, but then it cuts to the gameplay and while that looks fairly fun, it doesn’t even compare to the little featurette before it.
I liked this bit though. Some kid about to have his soul sucked out by a dementor…
I’m not sure if that’s the Harry Potter from later in the ad, but whatever. The game is named after him and it’s bloody Harry Potter for God’s sake. He should be able to sort out a dementor by himself. It’s not even before he learned how to, he literally disapparates off afterwards.
I’ll download it and play it for the best part of a month. Why not?