The Harry Potter Game Takes Cash, not Galleons

  • Jessie Thomas
  • 2019-18-Nov

The problem behind the lower ratings of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite comparing to Pokemon Go, is the rising greed of developers, believe many fans. Everything else in the game is charming and atmospheric, like potions, magical wands, and wizards. At the same time, we could not help but noticed how few free content Niantic and Warner Brothers Games have released.

Is it this all About Money?

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite promised to be a great project. And it turns out to have interesting gameplay, graphics, and intuitive controls. At the same time, Pokemon Go, which was poorer in many ways, was more successful in its first days and weeks. Does it mean that Pokemon Go is better than Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

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Apparently, it is not possible to collect every item we want, without paying money for them or for the bigger storage. If you’re going to use your free options as long as possible, you may try to get rid of numerous ingredients for potions. But after that, you will lack them during the potion making process. There is no Hermione’s bag under extension charm, so you will have to pay $5 for expanding your storage. Spell energy also gives you 10 extra spots. Still, you will need to pay sooner or later for items or extension. And while it was totally ok with Pokemon Go and Ingress of Niantic, it seems somehow wrong with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.  Perhaps it can be explained by the amount of free of charge content that we have in all three games. And it looks like Niantic was incredibly generous in its previous successful creations. Here, in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, you don’t know what options you have until you pay.

Are In-app Purchases are so Awful in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

Actually, they are not. The average price for various items is $5. For example, in the Diagon Alley, the store inside the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, you may buy Vault Extenders for $2, and Anti Calamity Kit for $4.99. And let’s be fair, all the previous Niantic games had microtransactions. This way, free games can survive, and developers will be interested in doing their work.

It looks like you don’t have to pay if you don’t want to, but if you want here is special stuff for you. And in Pokemon Go, it works great. Players upgrade their bags and buy more Pokeballs. No pressure at all. In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, however, you feel this pressure. The same feeling turned out true fans of the magic world from Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, when “always hungry for cash” model outweighed their loyalty.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was installed by 3 million players on Android and iOS phones for the first weekend and spent $1.1 million in the game. Analytic expect to see $10 million earnings for 30 days. In comparison, Pokemon Go was installed by 24 million people during 4 days, who spent $28 million. During 30 days Pokemon Go earned $206 million.

A Penny for Your Thoughts

Now it is time for you to speak out. Have you already installed the game on your phone? How do you like it? What the biggest sum you are willing to pay there? Do you agree with the main idea of this article? If not, please share your thoughts with others.

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