The creators of mobile gaming phenomenon "Pokemon Go" unleashed a new game on Friday in the US and UK that features Harry Potter and other characters from the wizarding world made famous in best-selling books and blockbuster movies.
"Harry Potter: Wizards Unite" was co-developed by "Pokemon Go" developer Niantic Inc and AT&T Inc's Warner Bros, which owns the rights to develop entertainment based on author J.K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter series.
"Wizards Unite" had been scheduled to debut on Friday, but players in the United States found they were able to download it on Thursday afternoon.
Like "Pokemon Go", "Wizards Unite" uses augmented reality and Google mapping to make it look like characters are appearing in the real world. Players see characters, creatures and other elements overlaid on the landscape that they see through their phone's camera as they move around.
In Wizards Unite, users play the role of a new recruit within the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to help solve a mystery. Players can discover artifacts, cast spells and encounter characters from the Potter films and prequel movie series "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the developers said.