This week, the gaming world was shocked by the announcement of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a forthcoming title for mobile devices. Under normal circumstances a mobile game based in the Harry Potter universe wouldn’t have inspired much excitement, but with Pokemon GO developer Niantic on-board things are different.
Since it is relatively early we don’t know how much Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will mirror Pokemon GO, but the initial press release does suggest a similar interactivity with the real world. However, some Pokemon GO fans are concerned that this new project might take Niantic away from their favorite mobile game.
In an effort to calm those fears, the Pokemon GO development team penned a new blog post that promises continued support for Pokemon GO. In fact, the post suggests that the studio is doubling down on its efforts in Pokemon GO and big things are in store for the mobile game in 2018. The development team is growing and there is still a lot more work to be done.
Assuming Niantic isn’t simply trying to avoid hurting the buzz surrounding Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, it sounds like Pokemon GO players will see more events in 2018. There are still plenty more generations of Pokemon to add to the game and elemental-themed events that could take place. Not to mention the various improvements that fans would like to see made to the game. Pokemon GO players shouldn’t have to wait too long to hear about future updates and improvements either, as the post reveals a written update will release next week regarding upcoming changes to the game.
In truth, it doesn’t make sense for Niantic to shift focus away from Pokemon GO since the mobile title is still very popular and likely generates healthy revenue every day. At its peak, Pokemon GO was reportedly making $2 million per day, so there is no reason to close the door on that now.
That being said, if Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a massive hit, there is the possibility of Niantic giving more attention to that game than Pokemon GO. It’s simply the nature of developers with limited resources. To that point, the post concludes with a job listing for Pokemon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and even Ingress, the title that inspired the format on which Harry Potter will be built.