According to a report by The Inquirer, Samsung has recently struck a deal with Pokémon Go developer Niantic Labs that will bring its users a period of exclusive access to certain mobile games in the future. The South Korean tech titan is reportedly paying $40 million for the privilege of having upcoming Niantic games come pre-loaded on its Galaxy devices. The collaboration is likely to begin with the AR mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which will likely launch in early 2019.

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This mobile game is allegedly going to be optimized specifically for the Galaxy Note phones. Those who own these devices will be able to use the S Pen stylus as a magic wand. Furthermore, the deal means that Ingress, another of Niantic’s games released in 2013, will also get some Galaxy-specific optimizations. On the other hand, there has not been much information on how much Pokémon Go is involved in the agreement, but it seems Niantic has refused to limit access to certain features of this hit AR game for Samsung Galaxy devices only. This is understandable since the game owes much of its popularity to its massive global audience.

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Samsung users can use the S Pen like a magic wand

In the past few years, Samsung has focused a large part of its mobile marketing efforts on gaming, with the recently debuted Galaxy Note 9 coming at around the same time as the Android version of Fortnite, which for a while was available exclusively on Galaxy devices. The company spent a large sum of cash to advertise the Galaxy Note 9 as the ultimate gaming smartphone to appeal to a younger audience. The upcoming Samsung foldable handset is also rumored to put a heavy focus on Android games.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is advertised as a great gaming phone

If Inquirer’s report is to be trusted, then Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will likely launch in March, at least on certain Samsung Galaxy phones. There has not been a specific release date, or even a window, for the game, except that it will be out in 2019. Still, if this partnership is similar to what Samsung made with Fortnite developer Epic Games, then Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will probably be a Galaxy-exclusive until at least mid-2019.