Niantic’s Harry Potter game will be a defining moment for AR

Niantic, the company behind Pokémon GO, has recently announced that they’re working on a follow-up to their monumentally successful Augmented Reality (AR) game. Pokéballs and Pocket Monsters move aside; and wands and wizardry will take their place as next AR craze will be J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter being brought to life. And my kids — and millions of kids just like them — will be eagerly awaiting the day they can hit download and start casting spells from their smartphones. This announcement is a clear indication that AR is an industry gathering pace, but where does it leave the major…

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[Hands-on] Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a solid choose your own adventure that gets the job done

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery may not be the first officially licensed Harry Potter game on Android, but it’s probably going to be the most popular, at least until we see what Niantic has up its sleeves for their upcoming augmented reality title Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Only just recently has Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery arrived on the Play Store as a soft-launch title, which means it’s getting close to an official release.

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‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ Soft Launches on the Google Play Store

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Jam City’s Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery ever since we first got word of it last December and saw its first trailer launch just last week. As a game that has you creating a student avatar and taking that character through the first four years of a Hogwarts education, Mystery has at the possibility of being a interesting game simply from the standpoint of exploring the Harry Potter canon in a new way. Besides anytime someone describes the gameplay as potentially combining the amazing IP of Harry Potter with the student-based adventures from games such as the likes of Bully, I always perk up.

Well, for folks that have an Android device, you may have the opportunity to check out the game even sooner than the rest of mobile players. We noticed recently that the game has now appeared on the Google Play Store with the soft launch moniker of being ‘an unreleased app.’ Checking out the information on the Play store it looks to be a free title with IAP ranging from $ 0.99 to $ 99, which sure seems like premium currency buys to me.

While I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and I’ll certainly check out Hogwarts Mystery when it comes out, the apparent freemium underpinnings always mean that I’ll have to approach the game with a cautiously optimistic standpoint. Obviously, the folks at Jam City are seem to be approaching their game design with a careful eye as well since a soft launch will allow the developers to fine-tune and adjust the game until they get it right. Regardless, for folks with an Android device, you may want to check out the soft launch if you want an early preview of what Hogwarts Mystery has to offer. For the rest of us, be sure to pre-register at the official website, check out its first trailer embedded above, and be sure to stick with us as we continue to monitor this latest venture into the vast world of Harry Potter.


‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ trailer released, ‘Hero Academy’ sequel hits iPhone and iPad

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More details about PortKey Games’ second ‘Harry Potter’ title destined for iOS have surfaced via a new trailer, meanwhile Robot Entertainment has shipped the sequel to ‘Hero Academy’ on iPhone and iPad, refreshing the original game by switching out asynchronous combat for real-time gameplay.
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