Niantic and Warner Bros. (WB) just released the first trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the mobile augmented reality game currently in the works that will be based off of the beloved Wizarding World franchise. Shared early this morning by the Pokémon Go developer and WB’s Portkey Games label, the live-action teaser gives fans a sneak peek into the game, which is set to hit shelves sometime in 2019.
In the 46-second trailer, a girl is seen on what looks like security camera footage catching a Golden Snitch in a back alley. With a wave of her wand, she posts a sign that reads, “The Wizarding World is at risk of exposure. We need your help,” before disappearing.
The game’s website describes exactly what that means, providing more background on the story: “Please resist the urge to panic. Traces of magic are appearing across the Muggle world without warning and in a rather chaotic manner. We worry it is only a matter of time before even the most incurious Muggles catch wind of it. We call on all witches and wizards to help contain the Calamity or risk the worst of times since You Know Who.”
While there aren’t many specific details out about the game yet, according to Niantic, it’s played similarly to Pokémon Go. Users will have to explore real-life neighborhoods and cities to “unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way.”
Fans can find more information about the game and “enlist in the Statute of Secrecy Task Force” (a.k.a receive updates on the release) by visiting wizardsunite.com.