In a combined venture with Portkey Games, this new title will have players venture into the real world as wizards and witches, where they will cast spells and embark on special challenges in a bid to protect the world from "Muggle eyes."
As part of the storyline, players who delve into this will be members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, a group working to protect the Ministry of Magic's law which states that wizards cannot reveal magic exists to non-magical humans (referred to as Muggles).
"A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world," Niantic's description reads. "Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these “Foundables,” and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes.
"Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity."
For players to contain "The Calamity," they have to go around the world in search of magical items called "Foundables," which can be found in several "Muggle locations" worldwide, similar to Pokéstops in Pokémon Go. The collection of items in these locations will help to refill Spell Energy with which wizards and witches could protect the Foundables.
Unlike Pokémon Go, though, players won't find items in regular buildings or spots. They will actually be able to visit AR versions of Harry Potter locations such as Ollivander's Wand Shop. There's nothing on Hogwarts just yet, unfortunately.
Additionally, a multiplayer mode will be launched so players can team up to take on various magical villains, hence "Unite."
No release date has been announced as yet but pre-registration is currently open on the Google Play Store for Android devices.