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Niantic Set to Come out With Harry Potter Game

Pokemon GoComing soon on Niantic – an augmented reality (AR) game based on the beloved Harry Potter tale.

The game, which will be called Wizards Unite, is among those that will be funded by the $200 million recently raised by the company in Series B funding, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Niantic is the developer of the hugely-popular Pokemon Go released in July last year and involved catching digital characters in specific places with one’s smartphone.

Millions of people were hooked on Pokemon Go after it was launch, going in droves to catch a character and many still play the game.

(Read: ‘PokéMon GO:’ Farfetch’d Unlocked After Players Catch 3 Billion PokéMon in Global Catch Challenge)

The fundraiser was led by Spark Capital and participated in by Founders Fund, Meritech, Javelin Venture Capital, You & Mr. Jones and NetEase Inc.

Spark partner Megan Quinn will sit in Niantic’s board following the new financing deal, TechCrunch said.

Recode’s Eric Johnson reported that Niantic “has already confirmed that Wizards Unite will let players ‘explore their real-world neighborhoods’ and that they’ll ‘learn spells’ over time.”

The players will also try to apply the “spells” they learned against an opponent.

Thus, Wizards Unite will be played just like Pokemon Go because the players will have to go outside.

(Read: Which Pokemon Are Still Missing in Pokemon Go?)

Additional Funds

The $200 million raised by Niantic will add to the $30 million raised by the company in a Series A round.

The Series A capital came from an investor group that included Alsop Loui Partners, Google, Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, Cyan and Scott Banister and several others.

Also, Niantic acquired Evertoon, a mobile social network developer, early this year.

What’s Next?

Pokemon Go creator Niantic will be releasing an AR game based on Harry Potter, which will be financed by the Series B funds.

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