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Niantic is shutting down Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

The AR title will be removed from app stores on December 6, 2021, and shuttered on January 31, 2022.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

November 2, 2021

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Niantic is shutting down Harry Potter: Wizards Unite after less than three years.

The AR title, which asks players to explore the real-world in a bid to keep the wizarding world safe, will be removed from app stores on December 6, 2021, and shuttered on January 31, 2022.

Niantic indicated the closure was part of its plan to deliver a "two-year narrative story arc that will soon complete," adding that "not all games are meant to last forever."

"Our goal with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was to bring the magic of the wizarding world to life for millions of players as they stepped outside and explored their neighborhoods," wrote the company in a blog post.

"Looking ahead, the power of AR allows us to layer many magical worlds on top of the real world, and there is so much potential out there that we’ve yet to explore."

Niantic, best known for creating Pokemon Go, recently called time on Catan: World Explorers after hitting a design roadblock. Earlier this week, the company also launched Pikmin Bloom, the first in a series of AR titles created in partnership with Nintendo.

The studio currently has nine games and apps in the development pipeline, and said it will take lessons learned on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite into future projects.

The company has put together an FAQ for players that explains what they should expect over the coming months.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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