Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery have been announced for mobile. At first glance, it can be hard to tell them apart. Allow us to clear up the confusion.
In my mind, I categorize thing in very broad terms. Such as, “That Harry Potter game that is coming to mobile.” So when Portkey games announced two Harry Potter games coming to mobile, I had to reevaluate my system. After taking the time to identify what sets these games apart, I decided to share what I have learned for those of you who may be encountering a similar memory crisis.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: The One Where I Have to Go Outside
The first Harry Potter announcement came from Niantic games, the infamous creators of Pokemon Go. Much like Pokemon Go, their new game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will get players out into the world to experience it through an augmented reality experience, or AR. This means Potter fans will be able to see and interact with things that “muggles” can’t. Personally, I’m excited about the implications.
Of course, as Pokémon Go players can attest, Potter fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. Pokémon Go has been plagued by network issues and delayed feature rollouts, so Potter fans should expect a very minimal experience sometime in 2019 or later.
Hey, if I keep it pessimistic we can’t be disappointed, right? Right? *Fingers crossed*
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery: The One Where I Can Sit on My Couch
On the other hand, Jam City has come out of the woodworks with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Instead of roaming the streets, this game allows players to play from the couch, the waiting room, or wherever they choose to plant their butts.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be an RPG allowing players to create their own character and live the life of a student at Hogwarts. Excuse me for a moment while I step away to squee…
Okay, where were we?
Attending school may not sound exciting to everybody, but even with topics such as Care of Magical Creatures and Transmogrification aside, games like the Persona series have proven that school simulation games can be a ton of fun if done right.
These Games Will Put the Story in Our Hands
David Haddad, the President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, has gone on record saying, “We are working with talented creators to build games that focus on player-generated stories, which will live alongside the magical universe created by J.K. Rowling.”
That’s right, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will not be rehashing old storylines. Instead, they will be enabling fans, myself included, to live out the fantasies we have had since picking up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We may finally be getting our letters to Hogwarts.