Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has finally arrived – and it's launched sooner than expected. The much-anticipated free-to-play game received in early launch, as well as mobile games often in the Australia and New Zealand markets earlier this year, but it's arrived ahead of schedule in the United States and United Kingdom. It was scheduled for release in these markets tomorrow, June 21, but it's officially out now on Android (through Google Play) and iOS devices (App Store). The mobile game was developed by Pokemon Go maker Niantic and revolves around a similar style of augmented reality-based gameplay. As such, it requires an internet connection, and some players have reported intermittent issues throughout the day; if you can't get in, keep trying.
Like the aforementioned AR game Pokemon Go ̵
The story of Wizards Unite revolves around an event known as the Calamity, which has caused Foundables – people, creatures, and artifacts from the Wizarding World – to appear in the Muggle World, thereby risking their discovery. Moreover, these Foundables are sealed by Confoundable magic. As a member of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, it is your mission to break these Counfoundable spells and retrieve the Foundables. You interact with Harry Potter and other familiar faces.
We recently got hands-on with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite thought it felt very much like a Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go, albeit with more content from the outset. Right from the start, you can add other players to your friends list (a feature that didn't come to Pokemon Go until years after its launch). The game also has features that allow you to unlock abilities in skill trees. Check out our Wizards Unite guide for Pokemon Go players.
Wizards Unite launched in beta form in Australia and New Zealand last month. If you are interested in getting a closer look at the game, you can watch for almost 15 minutes of gameplay footage of the beta version in the video above.