Harry Potter: Wizards Unite developer Niantic acquires AR studio



Niantic is increasing its footprint in Harry Potter’s house nation.

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It is a large week for Niantic, which expanded its UK studio simply earlier than Harry Potter: Wizards Unite lands within the US and UK. The Pokemon Go developer acquired London-based Wise Object, recognized for video games just like the AR-tabletop hybrid Beasts of Stability and Amazon Alexa-powered When in Rome — which mainly mix bodily and digital experiences.

It will spearhead Niantic London together with Matrix Mill, an AI and machine imaginative and prescient analysis staff Niantic purchased in 2018, GamesIndustry famous.

The studio’s older video games will nonetheless be supported, former Wise Objects studio head Alex Fleetwood (who’s now main Niantic London) mentioned in a weblog publish.

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“CEO John Hanke and his staff have an unimaginable, progressive imaginative and prescient for the way forward for play that resonates deeply with us; constructing international communities, pioneering new types of augmented actuality, and serving to folks get outdoors, get train and join with each other in the true world,” he wrote.

The publish features a picture of the staff, one in all whom is holding a Vaporeon plush — maybe suggesting that they will be specializing in Pokemon Go initially.

Niantic boss John Hanke hinted that the London staff’s expertise suits properly with its gaming ambitions.

“We’re enthusiastic about Wise Object becoming a member of Niantic because it considerably advances our efforts in creating a variety of gaming experiences that deliver the bodily and digital world nearer collectively,” he mentioned in a separate publish.

“The staff’s deep roots in large-scale outside activations specifically may be very complementary to the numerous Niantic actual world occasions we host around the globe to interact with our loyal gamers.”

It would be fairly thrilling to see the previous Wise Object staff bringing its hybrid method to Pokemon Go or Wizards Unite, particularly as Niantic faces main competitors from Microsoft’s upcoming AR sport Minecraft Earth.

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