Just as people have finally stopped walking around waving their phones about trying to catch Pokemon; we’re about to be hit with a Harry Potter Pokemon Go version.
The game was first launched in 2016 by Niantic using augmented reality; a technology that combines your phone camera and digital images to make it appear like a character is within the photo frame. Pokemon Go was an extremely successful app with around 45 million users every day. It’s also generated more than £915 million sales.
Pokemon Go was a huge success on its launch with health advisers actually encouraging children to use the app. The location-based game has seen an increase in young children and adults out walking with friends in an attempt to capture Pokemon.
Details about the app are still scarce, it’s expected to launch next year with significant influence from the Niantic game Ingress allowing players to roam the country collecting objects, exploring and defending locations.
We can only guess that the game will be filled with epic spell battles with young adults racing down the street shouting expelliarmus.
It appears that there are going to be several new games based on JK Rowling’s characters that are going to be released under the Porkey Games. Why the new name? Because the Portkey transports wizards from place to place. In this case, a world of augmented reality.
It wasn’t until Pokemon released their AR game that it really took off. Previously Niantic had attempted to make it popular in 2012 but with little uptake. Many game players still play without AR to ensure a longer battery life; however, we can expect to see a more robust and complex game in 2018 to keep us active.