When and why is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite ending?
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(Pocket-lint) – If you’re a Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fan, sorry to say, it’s almost time to hang up your wands for the last time as the mobile augmented reality (AR) game needs to shut down.
So when exactly is your last chance to kill goblins and demons? Niantic, the game’s developer, is giving players until January 31, 2022 to go out and go on a quest. After this time, the game will be deleted from both Google Play Games and the Apple App Store.
So why is Niantic “doing a Cedric Diggory” with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? The company also runs Pokemon Go, which was hugely popular and outlasted Potter’s just over two-year stint as an AR mobile game.
“Not all games are made to last forever,” read the developer’s official blog. Take it as you like: presumably the game is just not profitable enough to be worth running beyond a given point. However, there is more to come to the game in recent months, including “a variety of in-game events, new content, and gameplay changes.”
It’s certainly not the end of Niantic’s current vision for AR mobile games, either. The developer has just launched Pikmin Bloom, while Transformers: Heavy Metal is expected in the future (the latter title is currently in a phased launch phase for players from New Zealand, the Philippines and Denmark only).
But if a franchise as deeply beloved as Harry Potter cannot survive, then how will Pikmin and Transformers stand the test of time? “We will be using all of the teachings from Harry Potter: Wizards Unite in our other projects,” says Niantic.
Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.
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Written by Mike Lowe. Originally published on .