While successful, it’s probably safe to say that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was always overshadowed by Pokemon Go. And now, Niantic is announcing that it is closing down the mobile AR game with the Harry Potter skin come 31 January 2022.
The company announced that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will also be pulled from mobile app stores on 6 December. Those who have already downloaded the game will still be able to continue playing, up until the end of January. This is also the cutoff date for microtransactions, but you can continue spending any premium currency you already have. No refunds, naturally.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will officially close on January 31, 2022 and will be removed from app stores on December 6, 2021. Join us to put an end to the Calamity. More details here: https://t.co/WQwWkgepVv pic.twitter.com/Su2odByNcd
— Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (@HPWizardsUnite) November 2, 2021
In the meantime, Niantic has boosted the reward rates of in game activities, as well as cut down wait timers a little. The remaining in-game events planned will also be rolled out over the remaining three months of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
The closure likely means that it’s costing Niantic more to maintain the game than it is making money. All things considered, the game has had a pretty good two-year run. As massive as the franchise is, it has nothing on the Pokemon name, and by extension Pokemon Go. And that will be the one that continues to get people spending, and thus get more attention from the company.