Merlin’s beard! 2018 will bring not one, but two new Harry Potter games for mobile from different developers. These games will put the story of Hogwarts in your hands, teaching you spells and allowing you to create your own character for the Harry Potter universe. Here are the release dates, trailers and details you need to know about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the mobile games set to dominate 2018.
What is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery?
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery – released on April 25 – is a mobile game from Jam City, the developers of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff and Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. The game will see you create a character, Sims style, who starts the game by receiving a Hogwarts letter and then attends the school, just like Harry. You’ll get to choose your own house, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, then receive “lessons” from teachers and interact with other students.
As the title suggests, the game will also include exploring mysteries around the castle.
What is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an upcoming augmented reality mobile game from the creators of Pokemon GO, Niantic, in collaboration with Warner Bros.
— Niantic, Inc. (@NianticLabs) November 8, 2017
On the website, Niantic promise that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will reveal the “magic all around us”. Like Pokemon GO, you will explore ‘real-world’ areas to discover mysterious artefacts, cast spells, and “encounter legendary beasts”. The game will also include familiar faces from the series, so you can really feel like a part of the Hogwarts legacy.
How will the augmented reality of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite work?
If Pokemon GO is anything to go by, the augmented reality aspect will work with your phone’s GPS and camera to apply a ‘Harry Potter’ filter to the real world around you – but that’s only speculation at this point.
What are the release dates for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery?
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out now.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite should be released later this year.
You can sign up to receive e-mail alerts for both games, which will let you know when they’re available to download.
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Have we seen trailers for the games?
Two trailers for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery have been released, implying that the release date for the game is imminent. Watch below:
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite does not yet have an official trailer, but fans have made fun speculations on what the game might include online. Watch this fan-made trailer for “Harry Potter GO” below:
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