Niantic to Shut Down Harry Potter Game in 2022

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the mobile game set in JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, will be permanently shut down in 2022.

In the announcement from Niantic, it was confirmed the game will be removed from all app stores on December 6, with the game going permanently offline on January 31, 2022. Along with the game, all social media and the game’s official forum will also shut down in January.

Launched in June 2019, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite followed the same gameplay model as Niantic’s global smash-hit title Pokémon Go, with players immersing themselves in a new, original story set in the popular wizarding series. Players would travel through the real world and encounter magical creatures, cast spells, and try to solve the mystery of the Calamity.

On the game’s official website, Niantic also detailed that in-game events will still run until January, outlining the roadmap of content coming in the game’s final months. This includes the release of the remaining Lethal Adversaries, part two of the Horcrux Hunt and a two-part Deathly Hallows Brilliant Event.

The statement also confirms that in-game purchases will be disabled when the game is removed from stores in December. However, those who have spent money on in-game items will not receive a refund for their purchases unless it is required by law in their locations.

Players who wish to obtain their player data from the game will have until January 15, 2022, to submit their requests.

Words by Megan Roxburgh

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