After the initial announcement and a teaser trailer late last year, Warner Bros has now finally formally lifted the lid on some tangible gameplay details on its collaboration with Pokemon Go developer Niantic Inc in the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Detailed in a post on the Wizards Unite website, the game will see players take on the role of a 'new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force' in which they'll explore the real world looking for magical traces of 'Foundables' – magical artifacts, creatures and people from the Harry Potter universe. Some of these Foundables will be protected by 'Confoundable' magic, which must be dispelled in order to keep the Foundables safe and send them back to the Wizarding World.
These spells will, naturally, cost spell energy, which can be replenished using Food and Drink found at Inns that'll pop up in-game at real world locations, as well as ingredients that can be used to brew Potions. Said ingredients will be dependent on several real world factors, including the weather, time of day and environment. The game will also feature fancy AR technology to make '360 immersive experiences' come to life, allowing you to step into a portkey to explore famous locations from the Harry Potter series such as Ollivander's wand shop.
There'll also be combat in the form of Fortresses dotted around the map, where you'll be able to battle with other players against dangerous foes in a manner that sounds not dissimilar to Pokemon Go's gym battles, as well as professions that will allow you to specalise in the types of magic.
There's still no final date for the release of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but pre-registration is now open on Google Play for those with Android phones, while iPhone users have been told to stay tuned for more updates. There's more information on the game's official website.