Niantic Is Working On An Ingress Reboot


The Harry Potter-inspired game is being developed alongside Warner Bros. and the latter's new Potter-themed brand Portkey Games.

Ingress Prime will not only iterate on the original with new user interface and sound designs, but will also ship with new features utilizing "state-of-the-art augmented reality technology leveraging smartphone cameras to immerse players in the sci-fi world of Ingress".

Augmented reality (AR) videogame developer Niantic Labs might be more well known for the massive phenomenon that is Pokémon GO but before that the studio released AR title Ingress.

And in 2018, Niantic will reboot it as Ingress Prime.

According to Niantic CEO John Hanke, the major update is going to take cues from the things they did to their biggest game yet, "Pokemon Go".

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When previous year, CEO and founder of Niantic, John Hanke was asked about how Pokemon Go Pokestops and Gym locations were selected, he said that the players have to thank other gamers on that matter, especially Ingress. Instead of capturing Pokemon, however, players in Ingress capture "portals" for one of two opposing factions (Enlightened and Resistance) in a futuristic, sci-fi setting.

Ingress Prime will be a new version of the game which will arrive as a new update to the old game. This not only means that players who own the original Ingress will be updated to the new version, it also means that all of their previous progression will be left intact, including their level and any owned items. Hanke said, "Short of doing a $200 million motion picture, anime is a great way to introduce a world like Ingress, because you can really pull people into a world that goes beyond the everyday".

Ingress Prime will launch on Android, iPhone, and iPad in 2018.

About Niantic, Inc. Niantic, Inc., builds mobile real-world experiences that foster fun, exploration, discovery and social interaction. It drew hundreds of thousands of players to more than 2,000 live real world events.