It's a great day to be a Kiwi.
Australia and New Zealand have often been used as testing grounds for the launch of major worldwide apps. The region was fortunate enough to get Pokemon Go before everyone else, which sent the country into a slow-walking frenzy.
And Harry Potter: Wizards Unite might do the same. Users have been able to pre-register for an early access version of Niantic's AR-location game for a while, but it was only today that people in New Zealand have been able to walk around, zapping creatures as the Professor, Auror or Magizoologist.
Harry Potter Wizards Unite launches beta in New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/zhNQgBIw2A
— Kim Jansen (@KJansenNZ) April 17, 2019
— Jonathan (@yum9me) April 17, 2019
Holy crap the Harry Potter Wizards Unite beta is working. I'm actually playing this thing right now. pic.twitter.com/wtnUjV88BD
— Justin Cooley (@juscoowastaken) April 17, 2019
"Witches and wizards in New Zealand are invited to participate in a beta of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," Niantic announced. "Download today on the App Store and Google Play to start testing the game and help provide feedback that will improve the game experience." There's no word on when the beta will be made available to iPhone users yet.
You can download the game now if you have a New Zealand Google Play account. Alternatively, you can change the location on your existing account - but that change could take up to 48 hours to go through.
More to come...