The last update before the official release of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite added a cool new feature to the game.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is free to play, but there are in-game microtransactions, such as the ability to buy game currency. Impressive stuff all round!
Niantic has teased the pending release of "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite" for months, but the launch date was officially confirmed at an event hosted by comedian Tiffany Haddish on June 18.
"Keep your eyes peeled and wand ready for more information as the game goes live in your region soon".
There's a lot to learn in Wizards Unite, from how to take on enemies in combat to what you're even trying to accomplish (it's complicated!).
The premise is that magical artefacts have been scattered around the Muggle world by the mysterious "Calamity".
So while the reality is none of us will ever be real wizards, at least Muggle technology will let us experience what it's like to use magic in an augmented reality.
Apple's App Store recommends the game be played by children over the age of 9, and that it contains infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence. The virtual world will include infamous locations from the Harry Potter universe. "It's nearly like you can reach out and touch them".
The player character is an adult, which means that the some of the usual stuff associated with Harry Potter, like House competitions, aren't a focus in the game.
That's a high bar for Wizards Unite to reach but the devotion of Harry Potter fans could give it a fighting chance.
Expect to see more Harry Potter: Wizards Unite videos appear in the near future. If the game feels a bit limited, remember where Pokemon Go started and how far it's come...and expect Niantic to have a similar commitment to its new title.