Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an AR game from Pokemon Go Makers, will be retired on January 31st


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the location-based augmented reality (AR) game from Pokemon Go creator Niantic, will be retired 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. Additionally, as of December 6th, players will no longer be able to make in-game purchases. The game’s community forum and all associated social media channels will also close on January 31st. Niantic recently announced the release of a new game, Pikmin Bloom, in partnership with Nintendo.

Niantic announced the withdrawal of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on November 2nd through a blog post. The creator of Pokemon Go has not revealed the reason for the game’s shutdown. “Not all games are meant to last. Our goal with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was to bring the magic of the wizarding world to life for millions of players as they went outside and explored their neighborhoods – a year-long narrative story arc that will soon be completed, “the company said.

As previously mentioned, Niantic will be removing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite from the App Store, Google Play and the Samsung Galaxy Store starting December 6th. In addition, users will no longer be able to make in-game purchases on the same day. All functions and servers for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be switched off on January 31, 2022.

Niantic launched Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on Android and iOS back in 2019 after its 2016 hit Pokemon Go gained worldwide popularity. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was jointly developed by Niantic and Warner Bros. from AT&T.

Pokemon Go is still leading the segment. The game recently topped $ 5 billion (roughly Rs 37,323 billion) in lifetime revenue in five years, according to a Sensor Tower report. Pokemon Go raised up to $ 641.6 million (about Rs.4.822 billion) in the first half of 2021 alone, Sensor Tower data shows.

It’s not the first time Niantic has decided to complete a game. In September of this year, the company decided to dissolve Catan – World Explorers. The game will be withdrawn entirely on November 18th. The company has already taken the game off the App Store and removed real money purchases from the shop. Niantic has also launched a new location-based AR game Pikmin Bloom. Similar to Pokemon Go, Pikmin Bloom also asks players to go outside and discover their surroundings. The game involves collecting seedlings and creating a squad of Pikmin.


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