Niantic's first mobile game, Ingress, never got the attention that Pokemon Go did, but Pokemon Go never would have existed without it.
The company that brought us the overwhelmingly popular Pokemon GOconfirmed back in March that it's working on a new version of Ingress, which will be released by the end of this year. Since release, Ingress has been downloaded more than 20 million times and hosted hundreds of thousands of players at more than 2,000 real world events around the world states Niantic.
Ingress Prime seems to be built around the same idea, but adds in a much-needed user interface update, new sound design, and a series of new features. The game's theme is high-tech hacking and players associate themselves with a colored team and collect resources and attempt to take control of locations, in a very similar way that they would in Pokemon GO. Although Pokemon Go didn't have quite the longevity that fans were hoping it might, the game is still drawing a crowd (as evidenced by the recent Global Catch Challenge), and Niantic has now been tapped to build a Harry Potter AR game.
For those who aren't familiar, Ingress is a mobile AR game that launched in 2012 and its systems are kind of the backbone of what became Pokemon GO.
Ingress Prime will be offered as an update to owners of the base game.
Along with the re-launch, the game will change its name to Ingress Prime.
While new features will integrate a smartphone's camera to help further immerse players in the sci-fi world of Ingress. Additionally, the global game board will reset as part of the new storyline, with current Agents able to retain all of their current in-game progression, level and items in Ingress Prime.
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