NO SITTING: WIZARDS UNITE Fitness enthusiasts who claim playing the augmented reality (AR) mobile game Pokemon Go helps them get out doors and exercise will have something magical to look forward to next year. That’s according to the official website announcement of “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” (first portion copied below):
“Almost five years ago Niantic launched Ingress, our first augmented reality mobile game, turning real-world streets, neighborhoods and cities into a global game board, and bringing people together in a shared digital reality. The incentives it created for exploration, exercise, and real-world social interaction helped spawn a global community of fans, united by their shared experience, and laid the foundations for Niantic's real-world AR gaming platform.
Pokémon GO brought that vision to the world at unprecedented scale and served as a catalyst for the further development of the Niantic Platform.
Which brings us to today…
We're incredibly excited to announce this next step in the evolution of AR mobile entertainment. With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players that have been dreaming of becoming real life Wizards will finally get the chance to experience J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Players will learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies.”
An article written by Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch.com, “Niantics Follow-up to Pokemon Go Will be a Harry Potter AR Game Launching in 2018” explains a bit more. Etherington writes that the game was “co-developed by Warner Bros and its new sub brand Portkey Games”.
Another related article by Alessio Palumbo for wccftech.com links to the official website and quotes WB Interactive Entertainment’s President David Haddad. “With Portkey Games we are thrilled to answer the fans’ request for more games inspired by JK Rowling’s Wizarding World. We are working with talented creators to build games that focus on player-generated stories, which live alongside the magical universe created by” the renowned author.
The wccftech.com article speculates on the kinds of games that will eventually be offered. It contends that an earlier purchase of Avalanche Software by Niantics from Disney, and subsequent new job openings at Avalanche, represents hints that an open world RPG will be forthcoming.
I seriously need an education in the world of electronic gaming. As a Harry Potter book series fan who has never played a video game, the idea motivates me to learn and develop some basic skills. From an exercise perspective, if games can be successfully played standing up, this activity may be part of a healthy anti-sitting challenge.
What do experienced gamers say?
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