Niantic, the company behind the big hit Pokémon Go, has announced that their Harry Potter-themed augmented reality game Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite would be going down on January 31st, 2022. According to the game’s website, the game will be removed from the App Store, Google Play, and Galaxy Store on December 6th, and you will no longer be able to make in-game purchases on that day. On January 31st, the game’s community forum and social media outlets will also be shut down.
Niantic did not explain why it decided to shut down Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite in a blog post or FAQ. However, when we first tried it in 2019, we weren’t impressed, and the game never gained the same amount of acclaim as Pokémon Go, which is still extremely popular despite being more than five years old.
There hasn’t been another AR hit quite like Pokémon Go; Niantic’s AR adaption of Catan will be shut down completely later this month, and Microsoft shut down Minecraft Earth in June. That hasn’t prevented Niantic from attempting it, as it recently produced the Pikmin-themed AR game Pikmin Bloom and is working on an AR Transformers game.