Following the runaway success Niantic Labs saw with the release of Pokemon Go, the developer is at it again, this time prepping a new Harry Potter title.
The game, called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, will be co-developed by Warner Bros. Interactive and its new sub-brand Portkey Games. It is expected to follow in the footsteps of Pokemon Go, which benefited from a location-based, augmented reality mobile experience.
Rumors of a Harry Potter mobile game previously surfaced last year when Niantic announced it had acquired the rights to the app. While those rumors were eventually shot down, it would appear that there was at least some truth behind them.
The combination of Niantic's technology and a ravenous fan base that surrounds the Harry Potter franchise would appear to ave the trappings of a ready-made success story that could rival the widespread adoption of Pokemon Go. It's easy to see how Harry Potter's world of fantasy and spell casting could easily merge with location-based gaming and mobile augmented reality experiences.
There are few details available about the game at this time, but the title is set to launch at some point in 2018. Given the timeline of this game, however vague it is, it's possible that much of the game has already been completed.