August 15, 2022
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an AR game from Pokémon Go Makers, is closing in on January 31st

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the location-based augmented reality (AR) game from Pokémon Go creator Niantic, will kick off on January 31, 2022. The game will be removed from the App Store, Google Play and Samsung Galaxy Store on December 6. , 2021, Niantic announced. Also, players will no longer be able to make in-game purchases from December 6. The game’s community forum and all associated social media channels will also remain closed on January 31. Niantic, in collaboration with Nintendo, recently announced the launch of a new game, Pikmin Bloom.

Niantic on November 2nd announced Return of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite via a blog post. The Pokémon Go creator did not specify a reason for the game’s shutdown. “Not all games are meant to last forever. Our goal with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was to bring the magic of magical worlds to life for millions of players as they step outside and explore their neighborhoods. We did it together Completed, delivered a two-year narrative story arc that will be completed soon,” the company said.

As mentioned, Niantic will be removing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite from the App Store, Google Play, and Samsung Galaxy Store starting December 6. Also, starting from the same day, users will not be able to make in-game purchases. All Harry Potter: Wizards Unite features and servers will be shut down on January 31, 2022.

Niantic launched Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on Android and iOS in 2019, after its 2016-hit Pokémon Go gained worldwide popularity. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was co-developed by Niantic and AT&T’s Warner Bros.

Pokemon Go is still the leader in this segment. According to a report by Sensor Tower, the game recently crossed $5 billion (about Rs 37,323 crore) in lifetime revenue within five years. Pokémon Go collected up to $641.6 million (about Rs 4,822 crore) in the first half of 2021, shows Sensor Tower data.

This isn’t the first time Niantic has decided to end a game. In September this year, the company decided to close Catan – World Explorers. The game will be completely withdrawn on November 18th. The company has already removed the game from the App Store and removed real money purchases from the store. Apart from this, Niantic has launched a new location based AR game Pikmin Bloom. Similar to Pokémon Go, Pikmin Bloom also asks players to go outside and explore their surroundings. The game involves collecting seedlings and building a squad of Pikmins.

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