Niantic is promisingPokemon Go players that they won't abandon the game after the release of their new Harry Potter game.
"W are 100% committed to creating an ever-changing and growing game", Niantic said.
On Friday, Niantic released a short blog post promising they would be "doubling down" on Pokemon Go in 2018. Sure enough, Niantic is hiring for over 30 different positions, many of which are based in Bellevue, Washington, where Niantic works with The Pokemon Company on Pokemon Go. Some wondered what this might mean for the ongoing development and support of Pokemon Go.
Warner Bros. provided a brief explanation on why they chose to name the label Portkey Games, and it is because portkeys were used in Harry Potter to help wizards travel from one place to another in no time. Niantic is working with Warner Bros to bring Harry Potter's fictional world to the real world.
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"Players will learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover and fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies", the company said in a statement. If you're a Pokemon Go fan, you should be happy because Niantic is going to expand the Pokemon Go team to make more features for Pokemon Go. Additionally, there was a Quidditch-themed game called Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup. The Harry Potter, LEGO Creator games, didn't sell well but Harry Potter years 1-4 LEGO game and 5-7 LEGO game got good reviews and sold relatively well.
However, there's been no word yet on an official release date for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
The game's use of real locations is similar to Niantic and Nintendo Co Ltd's Pokemon Go, which became the first mass market adoption of AR in July 2016 and allows players to "catch" animated characters that appeared in their real surroundings.