Months into the release of the much-awaited Pokémon GO by Niantic, more and more people are getting the hang of augmented reality. Augmented Reality, in the years past, is now a reality that everyone can enjoy. And with the increasing popularity of Pokémon GO is the increasing demand for more content that harnesses the power of this new technology.
One of the most popular demands of the people is a Harry Potter Pokémon GO-style game. With an enormous fan base, Harry Potter spewing a Pokémon GO-style game would easily rake in billions of users! Reports have been coming out the whole week that a Harry Potter Go game is in the works and countless of Harry Potter fans were thrilled. But is it any way true? This is the internet, after all.
One of the first reports about the Pokemon Go-style Harry Potter game first started circulating from JTXH News, quoting an IGN interview with a certain Marcus Figueroa.
“The developers behind the smash hit app, Pokemon GO, have started work on a similar game set in the Harry Potter universe. Instead of capturing Gyms and trading Pokemon, fans will soon be able to establish and manage schools of wizardry scattered throughout the real world, complete quests to acquire new spells, and engage in ‘large scale magical combat’ with rivaling factions.”
“Niantic’s senior developer Marcus Figueroa announced the new project in an interview with IGN, “We have acquired the rights for the app. The demand for this title was absolutely insane, so we figured we’d give it a shot. If we’re lucky we might see a launch by early 2017, but it’s hard to tell this early in the project.”
IGN has established itself as one of the more credible sites in the internet when it comes to all things geeky. However, when we tried to open the link that contains the alleged interview with Pokemon GO’s Marcus Figueroa, this is all we get.
“404 Page not found Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!”
It seems the link does not exist at all! Gizmodo has also tried to investigate if the rumors of the Pokemon GO-style Harry Potter game is true and has come up with the conclusion that the rumors are a hoax.
“A search through IGN’s website shows no evidence the interview ever existed. Additionally, a Google search for “Marcus Figueroa” only links back to other articles about the fake app. Most interviews with Niantic have been with John Hanke, who is the founder of the company.”
“A quick look at the JTHX News website also brings the story into question. Its homepage is blank. Going through other stories such as “‘Arthur’ creator working on adult spin-off based on memes,” and “Denny’s waitress assaulted by Muslims for serving bacon during Ramadan” gives you a better idea of what kind of site this is: a fake news site that doesn’t use satire, but rather creates egregious, anger-inducing stories for clicks.”
With no confirmation from Pokemon GO’s creator Niantic, and no solid and substantial sources to site as of now, our Pokemon GO-style Harry Potter game remains a no go. But wouldn’t it be a really interesting game if we indeed got something similar to this idea?
Ashtyn Hannon, originator of the petition that clamors for the Pokemon GO-style Harry Potter game, has already garnered 40,423 supporters as of writing.
“This game is a win for all. Harry Potter fans can return to the magical universe of witchcraft and wizardry, and Warner Brothers could cash in tons of muggle money. According to my brief study of economics, if there is enough demand, it will be supplied. Sign this petition to demand a Harry Potter augmented reality game with me!”