In short: While Niantic’s Pokémon Go has enjoyed worldwide success since its launch in 2016, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a very similar game released by the company in 2019, never came close to its popularity. Thus, it will be closed in just over two months.
Like Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an augmented reality game set in JK Rowling’s The Wizarding World, with more storytelling. Niantic announced that it will be removed from the App Store, Google Play, and Galaxy Store on December 6, 2021, and from that date, players will no longer be able to make in-app purchases.
“Not all games are meant to last forever,” Niantic said in a statement. “Our goal … was to bring the magic of the wizarding world to life for millions of players as they went out and explored their surroundings. We have achieved this together by creating a two-year story arc that will soon be completed. “
All game features and servers will be shut down on January 31, 2022, as will the community forum and all related social media channels.
The user can keep playing the game until the end of January, and Niantic is adding in-game events throughout this month and December. There will also be several gameplay changes, including the removal of restrictions on sending and opening gifts.
Niantic has never revealed why Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is closing. It has lived in the shadow of Pokémon Go since its release, and while the company has never released official user data, the new game has 319,000 Play Store ratings and Pokémon Go nearly 15 million.