How involved is Niantic in Wizards Unite development?
Niantic's involvment in Wizards Unite development is limited to AR consultant role. According to a statement given by David Haddad, President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, it's "wonderful to have Niantic's remarkable augmented reality expertise".
Gameplay wise, Niantic will be minimally involved, selling their expertise and existing AR code base ("Niantic Platform") to WB via Portkey Studios. It's been confirmed that NIA is referred to as "a company that builds real-world experiences for mobile games", while Portkey Studios was referred to as "we, the developers".
It's quite certain to assume the following:
- NIA will provide map data, POIs and appropriate code base to support that
- NIA will provide consulting services and knowledge transfer
- Portkey will develop the game client experience
- Game backend will be a collaborative effort