A shameful secret of mine that I will now reveal to you is that I was never into Pokemon. I know. It was bad and wrong of me and my reasoning was even worse: I thought it was poorly animated. I was that kind of child. I’m sorry.
Anyway, when Pokemon GO came out, I felt unable to participate. I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the characters and it didn’t hold any real nostalgia for me. I was the one floating head in the sea of Pokemon players when the game swept the world last year, my terrible childhood decision-making haunting me.
But now my time has come. The creators of Pokemon GO, Niantic, Inc. are teaming up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to create Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality game for mobile phones.
According to Collider, the companies intend to create “a state-of-the-art AR platform that transforms the world around you.”
The press release reads:
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will reveal that magic is all around us, and allow players to be a part of Harry Potter’s rich world, through Niantic’s AR + real-world mobile game platform and the franchise expertise of WB Games San Francisco’s development and publishing team. By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.
John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. says
At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them. The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.
More details incoming, but this is enough for me to finally get a good night’s sleep after a decade of lying awake each night, regretting my decision to reject Pokemon, too afraid to attempt to start from scratch, paralyzed and fearful that someday Pokemon would take over the world (as it kind of did when Pokemon GO was released, my fears were not totally unfounded). Now, now my time has come. I will finally be able rejoin society, to cast a patronus, apparate, OBLITERATE MY ENEMIES. I joke. I’m fine. I live a normal life and am just the normal amount of excited.
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