Harry Potter Go
Making its debut in September of 2015, Niantic’s Pokémon GO became a global sensation practically overnight. Within the first week, the free-to-play app had not only become the most downloaded game ever, but reports showed that users played Pokémon GO more than they checked their Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and even Tinder. Although the app suffered from several drawbacks like server problems, elementary gameplay, and inaccurate radars, Niantic was able to surpass 100 million downloads and a daily revenue stream of $10 million. While Niantic is still updating Pokémon GO, rumor has it that the software development company has secretly been working on an entirely new game focused around the Magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
That’s right; Niantic has apparently been developing a Harry Potter GO app that will use the same mechanics as Pokémon GO but will be set in the magical world. Though Niantic hasn’t officially announced the game, inside sources say that they are in the final stages of development. But while a senior developer at Niantic previously stated that the company had the rights to produce the app, there are conflicting reports that both J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have yet to decide who will develop the highly anticipated game. Among the top companies gunning for the chance to create the app are Sony, EA Games, Supercell, and of course, Niantic.
It comes as no surprise that after the success of Pokémon GO, Niantic, among other companies, would be looking to capitalize on the core idea surrounding the mobile game. Allowing wizards and witches the opportunity to explore the world around them while fighting off dementors, casting spells, and capturing elusive beasts has been on the minds of millions of Harry Potter fans since Pokémon GO was first released. To demonstrate how supportive fans were to the idea of their beloved world being made into a mobile app, a petition was started and quickly garnered over 61,000 signatures as is passed its 95 percent goal mark.
With such a demand and the global fan base that Harry Potter has accumulated over the years, it’s safe to say that Harry Potter GO would not only make Niantic a massive profit, but it could surpass its predecessor to become the most download app of all time. The most important question now is when will an announcement be made, if any? It’s a well-known fact that J.K. Rowling is very protective when it comes to Harry Potter and could possibly pull the plug if she deems the app to be a threat to her intricate world.
As rumors, conflicting reports, and petitions continue to surface, it appears that there is no running away from the growing demand for an immersive game based off of the Harry Potter franchise. And although Niantic seems like the obvious choice, their missed opportunities and lack of preparation with Pokémon GO could cause J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. to task another company with bringing the entire Wizarding World to the palm of your hand.
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Article by Chris Piner