Wizards Unite, the Harry Potter mobile game from Pokémon Go developers Niantic, is closing down.
The app plays a lot like its Pokémon cousin, with players finding magical objects and creatures out in the real-world. It was not expected to be the global phenomenon that Go was, but it did capture the lightning in bottles success. outlets paint a very bad picture overall: Go made $1 billion in 2021 alone, while it has generated $40 million in revenue since its 2019 launch.
Within its first 24 hours of release, it was installed on 400,000 devices, which paled in comparison to the 7.5 million installations of Pokémon Go on its first day.
“Today we’re announcing that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will officially close on January 31, 2022,” the official blog reads.
“The game will be removed from the App Store, Google Play and Galaxy Store on December 6, 2021, and players will no longer be able to make in-game purchases as of December 6, 2021… We are incredibly thankful to every single person in our amazing community of witches and wizards for adventuring with us out in the real world.”
Blog explains that refunds will not be given for purchases made already. Wizards Unite currency can still be used within a month.
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The game has already seen several changes over the last few months. These include increased Daily Assignment Rewards, shorter potion brewing times and gift limits. There are also more useful spawns throughout the map.
Details have been provided on the timing events for November, December, including Lethal Adversaries Events to Dolores Umbridge, Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix and Voldemort. Events for January will be announced shortly.