Have you played Niantic's new AR game yet? If not and you're a Harry Potter fan then you're in for a treat. Not only does Wizards Unite give you an opportunity to level up your magic skills and become a spell-flinging wizard in real life, the game is also holding its very first fan festival and you're invited. That is if you're willing to travel to Indianapolis, or if you already live there.
The fan festival, which begins on August 31 and goes through Labor Day weekend and ends on September 1, will encourage players to engage with what is said to be tons of interactive experiences, meaning there should be quite a few activities to participate in whether they're already a super powerful wizard or just starting to learn magic spells.
The event will be hosted at White River state park, but will also have players exploring the city of Indianapolis, so while there will be things taking place in the park it won't be limited to just that one area. If you're a fan of this game so far, the cool thing about events like this one is that they tend to come with a theme that attempts to add some story content to what's happening which makes the event and the game itself feel a little bit more immersive.
For this first-ever Wizards Unite Fan Festival, the theme is that there are chaotic magical activities that are showing up around the city that will need to be contained. That's where you come in to assist with your powerful spells and powers of deduction. Players will need to work together to figure out the mystery of why these activities are happening and do everything from finding artifacts to encountering fantastic beasts.
If you're wondering why Indianapolis, there's a good reason for why Niantic chose this location to hold an event like this one. According to Visit Indy CEO Leonard Hoops, Indianapolis is no stranger to hosting events for gamers that brings them together to the city for fun-filled engagements. Considering the history of the city being a host to gaming-related events numerous times it seemed to be a good jumping off point and it's likely that Niantic felt this way.
Whatever the case, this is just the first real-world event for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fans so players can expect there to be many more, just as there have been with Ingress over the years as well as Pokémon GO, both of which have jumped from city to city and country to country for events around the world.
Niantic and Warner Bros. haven't shared a ton of detail on what players can expected when they descend upon the city, but there's sure to be plenty to do if you plan on going. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite may not be as popular as Pokémon GO was when it first started but it's off to a great start. There's still plenty of time to get things in order as well if you want to head to this fan festival since it happens at the end of August.