Analysis of a typical Niantic Beta: September release date looks even more likely

Wizards Unite News
Wizards Unite News

Wizards Unite, similar to other Niantic’s games, will feature a public beta period before the game actually launches. We took a closer look at the last beta test organized by Niantic – the Pokémon GO beta – to get a better understanding of what to expect and how tester selection works.

Beta and release timeline

Pokémon GO was announced on stage in Tokyo in September, 2015. The public beta period started in March, 2016, roughly six months after the public unveiling.


The beta testing period lasted for three months, until mid June, 2016, with regular inclusion of new testers:

  • Japan beta started in March
  • New Zealand and Australia joined in late April
  • United States joined in May

The beta was never expanded outside those three areas.

If we apply the same timeline to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, we can extrapolate the following dates which follow the public announcement made in November, 2017:

  • Beta starts in May/June 2018
  • Game launches in September 2018

Of course, these dates are our own educated guess – they are not confirmed and are subject to change.

Remember, game development can be very chaotic, so keep your hype and expectations in check.

Picking testers

Luckily, we know a lot about the way Niantic chooses their beta testers. The following quote was taken from an early Pokémon GO beta blog post:

Pokémon GO Australia & New Zealand field test invites will start rolling out today. Niantic will select users based on a variety of factors which may include OS types, experience in real world games and an element of luck. If you’re selected to participate, you’ll receive an email from us with detailed instructions. If you don’t receive an email, please be patient as we plan to increase the number of invites over time.

Past experience has confirmed that this is true, as high level Ingress players and players with varying device/OS combinations were given early invites. The only way you can prepare for the beta is simply to play Pokémon GO and Ingress up to a relatively high level and hope you’ll be included.

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