Niantic shocked everybody this morning by dropping the primary trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, its follow-up to the world-shatteringly fashionable Pokemon GO. It drops a couple of hints in regards to the gameplay and story of the sport, and provides us a tentative launch date: 2019.

The trailer doesn’t present a lot — in actual fact, it doesn’t present gameplay in any respect, however savvy Potterheads can choose up a couple of hints. First, the Golden Snitch we see is breaking home windows and hovering in entrance of a safety digital camera, a certain signal that it’s within the Muggle world the place it shouldn’t be. Second, the witch who captures it magics an indication on the wall (presumably one solely wizards can see) saying that the Wizarding World is “vulnerable to publicity,” and we have to assist.

The YouTube description of the trailer additionally says, “Why are traces of magic showing within the Muggle world?” and the Wizards Unite web site namedrops one thing referred to as “the Calamity.” So, if I needed to speculate (and like several good fan, I’m completely doing that), I’d say we — that’s to say, the witches and wizards utilizing the app — must discover and catch or destroy traces of the Wizarding World lingering in Muggle areas. Given the actual fact Niantic is looking gamers “the Statute of Secrecy Activity Drive,” it appears like an affordable assumption to make.

Past that, we nonetheless don’t know what that’ll appear like in sport. What “traces” of magic will we be seeing, other than wayward Quidditch balls? Will we see lingering spell results, furtive darkish wizards, or maybe these “implausible beasts” I’ve heard a lot about? Will we have the ability to carry out spells ourselves with flicks of our telephones? At this level, something is feasible, however it’s nonetheless good to know a bit greater than we did when the sport was revealed over a 12 months in the past.

Pokémon GO was a large success by any metric — the sport hit $2 billion in income a few months in the past. It was a profitable mixture of accessible gameplay and a recognizable identify that invokes childhood nostalgia. We already know Niantic can ship the gameplay. As for the identify… If any franchise has the potential to outstrip Pokemon for AR reputation, it’d be Harry Potter. So I really feel assured saying this sport goes to be one for the document books.