Taking the "unite" in its title very literally, the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite augmented reality (AR) game will launch this Friday (June 21), but only starting only in the United States and United Kingdom first.
Though the game has been available for beta testing in New Zealand and Australia for a while, there is no information when the Antipodeans and other regions will get to try the full version of the game.
The worldwide launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite begins this Friday, June 21! Keep your eyes peeled and wand ready for more information as the game goes live in your region soon. #WizardsUnite pic.twitter.com/ckk4s4mi8a
The game was open for pre-registration on Android back in March and is now also on the Samsung Galaxy Store. However, there is no information when it will be made available on the Apple App Store.
According to the FAQ, while others can try to download the app through the applicable country's version of the app store, it warns that the core gameplay experience will only be active in those countries.
— Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (@HPWizardsUnite) June 19, 2019
In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players take on the role of a recruit with the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to solve various mysteries including the truth behind the Calamity, in what is promised to be "a deep, multi-year narrative arc".
Players can walk around real-world neighborhoods to discover mysterious artifacts, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way.
The game was co-developed by Niantic Inc and Warner Bros Games San Francisco's Portkey Games, the game publisher dedicated to adapting J.K. Rowling's works.
Like Niantic's previous games Pokémon Go and Ingress, AR will overlay a virtual wizarding world that has points of interests like Inns, Greenhouses, Fortresses and Magical Traces where Players can trigger encounters.
Meanwhile, Niantic warns Android users still playing Ingress and Pokémon Go that it will be ending support for Android 4 KitKat after July 1.
Android users: Ingress and Pokémon GO will be discontinuing support for Android 4 KitKat after July 1, 2019. We encourage you to update their operating systems to Android 5 or above for uninterrupted access to Ingress and Pokémon GO. See in-game help for more information.
— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) June 17, 2019