Wizards Unite AR Game: a fan’s dreams come true

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It’s all about the new Wizards Unite AR Game:

What we know, what we hope for, what we guess, and what we can do to make the wait a little easier.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be all about working together, and players will have to explore their real-world surroundings to solve a global mystery, all the while encountering artefacts, magical creatures, and familiar characters from the Wizarding World that we think you’ll know quite well.

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Wizards Unite AR Game – Release Date

Although it has been over a year since it was first announced, we are all still anxiously awaiting the arrival of Wizards Unite. This Augmented Reality (AR) game will be based on the Potter-verse and created by Portkey Games (WB) and Niantic, the company behind Pokémon-Go.

Check out our post on Wizards Unite Release Date for more information, or find out when WUtubers think the game will come out.

Wizards Unite AR Game – Download

Links to download the game app to each type of device will be added as soon as they become available. Meanwhile, check out our post on all the ways you can download Wizards Unite to your device: From beta testers to apk.

In short, keep this in mind:

  • Sign up for the beta here.
  • Use multiple accounts from multiple regions.
  • Use Android and iOS devices if possible.
  • Level up your Pokemon GO and Ingress accounts.
  • Remember to use the same email address for all three games.
  • Keep checking up on AccioWizardsUnite for the latest news. We will share links to download Wizards Unite as soon as it becomes available.

Wizards Unite AR Game – Is it for everyone?

After the beta period is over, the game should become widely available, for both IOS and Android platforms.

We do say should because, in case you haven’t heard the rumours, a new $40M deal between Niantic and Samsung could give the mobile company exclusive access to the Wizards Unite AR Game. You can read more on this on our post: Did Samsung call dibs on Wizards Unite?

Wizards Unite AR Game – Brand New Tech

While things have been mostly silent in the Wizards Unite AR Game front, Niantic has recently given us a glimpse of some really interesting developments they have been working on. Namely, Multiplayer AR.

Duelling has always been a big part of the Harry Potter world. Whether it is simply training or a fight to survive, every spell and curse Hogwarts students have learnt can be used as a tool or weapon against one another. Now it seems that aspect of the wizarding world might, too, be incorporated into the game.

Check out Niantic’s amazing demo videos and our take on them: AR Game News: Is multiplayer duelling on its way?

There has been very little information officially released, although the minds behind the game do enjoy dropping a clue here and there to keep us all guessing.

We have a recent post dedicated exclusively to the logo and all the little details it hides.

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Basically, the logo seems to link the original books and films to the new series: Fantastic Beasts. The three wands that unite to form the letter A clearly belong to the Golden Trio. Meanwhile, the S uses the same font as the Fantastic Beasts logo does. We can also see a beastly scratch here and there.

At the same time they released the logo, the game developers also confirmed the released date was pushed back to “2019”

Wizards Unite AR Game – The Official Site

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The Wizards Unite AR Game also has an official website of their own. The fantastic Muggle-proof intro quickly conveys a sense of urgency and shows the Magic Exposure Threat Level clock is set to Danger.

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Here, the Ministry urges witches and wizards to enlist. They will become members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, created to help contain The Calamity.

Wizards Unite AR Game – Trailer Videos

Wizards Unite has recently released two trailer videos.

The first one shows an alley where an out-of-control Snitch is captured by a Task Force member. Read our post right here: Task Force video: on-site training

The second shows riderless Nimbus 2000 zooming erratically down a deserted  motorway in a Muggle area. Our Daily Prophet post covered the video and the Ministry PSA here: Nimbus Video: Riderless Brooms in the Muggle world.

They also published a theory about the incident itself: Nimbus Incident: are the Potter Boys behind it?

The footage gives a broad sense of what the game might be like, although only just enough to pique our interest and keep us guessing.

Wizards Unite AR Game – Speculation

With so little information about the game released so far, all we can do is look at what the company has done before and the little hints from the official website, and go from there.

Wizards Unite Game Setting

The first thing to note is that the game will not be set at Hogwarts or seemingly during any witch or wizard’s formative years. It will probably take place in Muggle areas.

This could mean that the game might not split players into Houses.

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There has been some speculation that perhaps we will be able to ‘make a career’ out of our time in the Task Force. This could mean we would be teamed by profession or interests instead of traditional Houses.

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There are so many professions in the wizarding world to choose from. Just within the Ministry we can find a wide array.

We could perhaps focus on Magizoology and on the creatures and beasts loose in the Muggle world. Or  be Aurors instead, searching for clues that would lead us to the wrong-doers behind The Calamity. We could liaison with other magical governments to help control this world-wide event. In fact, we could even be Obliviators tasked with cleaning up the mess because, as we all know, a happy Muggle is an oblivious Muggle.

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Some speculation even points at the possibility of mastering types of magic instead, perhaps searching for rare plants and herbs to make potions, learning spells and breaking curses, or even becoming a Master Duellists like Professor Flitwick.

Wizards Unite Game Environment

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The Calamity clearly affects the Muggle world primarily, so it is safe to assume that is where the game will take place. Which is a good thing, because here at AccioWizardsUnite we can’t remember exactly which brick opens the way to Diagon Alley.

Both trailer videos seem to take place in rather normal-looking  Muggle areas.

The Nimbus 2000 are flying riderless down a Muggle motorway and the Task Force witch catches the Snitch in an alley (and leaves behind a recruitment poster we certainly hope was Muggle-proof).

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Furthermore, there seems to be at least some logic behind The Calamity.

The official information accompanying the Nimbus video suggests these brooms ‘may split up in search of their natural sporting habitat,’ and that we should ‘keep an eye out around Muggle sport stadiums.‘

Perhaps beasts will tend to go to parks and forests, while water-dwelling creatures might appear near lakes or rivers.

Chaos-seeking Quidditch balls, like the Snitch or the Bludgers, might show up in populated areas, where they can cause the most damage, so remember not to leave your Beater’s bat at home.

Wizards Unite AR Game – The Wait

A little something to scratch that itch

While we not-so-patiently wait for the game’s release, there are a few things we can do to brush up on our knowledge and get ready to save the wizarding world when the time finally comes.

Join Accio Wizards Unite

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Here, you can get the latest game-related news. At the same time, you can enjoy some interesting, if sometimes a little quirky or sensationalist, articles from The Daily Prophet and The Quibbler.

Our site is still growing and will offer more download links, maps and other in-game resources once the game is released. In the meantime, it is still a perfect place to meet other players and share your experiences –and wacky theories- with like-minded people.

Try other Official Potter-verse games

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Hogwarts Mysteries is an entertaining (and perhaps slightly addictive) game that lets you relive those magical years at Hogwarts. You get to create your own character, join a House and go on adventures. You can attend classes, make friends, and even participate in some amazing Duelling Club events. Check out the official site here.

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Fantastic beasts: Cases of the Wizarding World. As a member of the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures department, you will go through different scenes and find hidden clues and objects that will help you identify and stop whatever creature is responsible for the chaos and destruction. You can check this one out here.

Reread the original books

(Yes, all of them)

Another great way to make the wait more bearable might be to go back to the books that made you fall in love with the wizarding world.

You could start off with the original, seven-book Harry Potter series.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone

The one where Harry can’t tell there’s something weird about Quirrell’s turban.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The one where they have to follow the spiders instead of the butterflies.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The one where no one notice the Peter Pettigrew tag next to the Ron Weasley tag all year.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The one where Hermione gets a date and Ron ruins the night (and his robes)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The one where Ron shows he has the emotional range of a teaspoon.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The one where the trio doesn’t recognise their professor’s handwriting after six years of lessons.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The one where they go camping and then everyone dies.

And the ones that came next

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And although this one wasn’t written by J.K. Rowling herself, the book is considered part of the Harry Potter Canon, so:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The one where we find out Voldemort liked to play “Hide the Wand”

 

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The Hogwarts Library books are the perfect way to continue. The bundle includes:

  1. Quidditch Through the Ages
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  3. The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

 

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Next would be the Pottermore Presents books, written by J.K. Rowling but available only as e-books. This bundle consists of:

  1. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
  2. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeist
  3. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

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Lastly we have two original screenplays, also written by J.K. Rowling and made into motion pictures.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The one where they can’t keep track of a dangerous Niffler and chaos ensues

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The one where they can’t keep track of a dangerous prisoner and chaos ensues

Binge the films

(Yes, all of them)

Perhaps you don’t feel like reading through your entire Harry Potter collection, or simply don’t have the time. In that case, you can always spend a lazy winter afternoon (or four) sitting at the sofa, drinking Butterbeer (or Ogden’s Olde Fire Whiskey) and enjoying the magic of the films.

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Wizards Unite AR Game – Come back for more

Whichever option you might choose, don’t forget to keep checking the site and follow us on social media to keep up with the latest news.

Get ready to join the Statute of Secrecy Task Force and save us all from The Calamity.

And above all, stay alert!

Remember: keep your eyes peeled, your ears open and your wands ready.

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    1. I feel you! Part of me thinks it was Niantic’s way to get all the money they needed with their Initial Public Offer (selling company shares to the public.)
      They raised approximately a shit-ton of money through that, and they’ve also been buying some tech companies left and right. It’s almost like they want to be the only name on AR.
      So, in my opinion, they’re waiting and developing their new tech like Codename Neon and Codename ToneHenge and, knowing how many potterheads are waiting, they want to be sure to cross their i and dot their t before release.
      Still, it’s been soooo looooong!!!

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