Roaming the world are seven million people that play Ingress, an augmented reality multiplayer game developed by Niantic Labs. The game, who’s developer was birthed by Google, directs players to go to locations and control portals on behalf of its two factions. Now, the quietly popular game is heading to a new medium: television.
The future of gaming, it seems, is not going to be in the next console or on the next big tablet—it will be in our physical world.
Ingress, an augmented reality game produced by Niantic Labs, a company within Google, has announced support for Android Wear will be released next month. Users with smartwatches running the Android Wear system will have access to quickly see the locations of friendly and enemy portals on their device’s screen. Players will also be able to take actions to either defend or capture those portals as appropriate using the smartwatch interface.
Google’s Niantic Labs is pushing out an update to its massive-multiplayer GPS game, Ingress, bringing recruiter medals to its players. As can be inferred, these medals are given to players for inviting new gamers to the battlefield.
Agents, the name given to players of Ingress, can access the Recruit tab from the OPS menu inside of the app, which will walk you through adding your recruits. They must be first time players, of course.
The medals you can earn from recruiting are as follows:
Those of you (7 million of you) that play Ingress will love today’s update. A new featured called “Missions” is being introduced that challenges agents to visit a series of places to either hack or capture a portal and solve a puzzle via supplied clues. On top of that, you will also be able to create your own Missions and share them with other Ingress players.
For starters, only a a few select agents will be able to utilize this feature. It will get expanded over the next few weeks and months to all agents level five and higher.
Over the past weekend Niantic Labs hosted a global event involving their ever popular Ingress. In celebration of the finale of that event, Ingress has graduated out of beta. In just over a year’s time the Niantic Labs has been quite busy. According to their post on Google+:
“2013 has been a great year for Ingress with more than one million Portals discovered and submitted by users and more than one billion total game actions taken.”
With this move from beta, Ingress is bringing an exclusive medal to all agents who helped in the beta and had reached level five before December 14th, 2013. The Founder’s Medal can be received after eligible agents log into the updated app. The folks at Niantic Labs promise even more for Ingress in 2014. That being said, now may be as a good of time as any to download the app, and join.
Google’s augmented reality game, Ingress, has reached a critical mass with a relatively large following even before it’s public release earlier today.
Although the game was set aside as a minor gaming project for Google’s Niantic Labs at its beta launch, we’re finally starting to see what all of this actually means.
John Hanke, a key leader on the project and a co-creator of Google Earth, likened Ingress to a “concept project” that could eventually turn into a platform to allow anyone to create an alternate reality game of their own.
The folks over at Google’s Niantic Labs, creators of the augmented reality game ‘Ingress,’ has just made some announcements on its Google+ page.
The first is that the team is dropping the invitation code requirement so that all Android users can enter the Beta. All agents that achieve Level 5 by December 14 will qualify for “The Founder Medal” for their early support of the Ingress experience.
The team also announced that they’re launching the “Ingress Elite V” challenge, which will work to identify the top 5 Ingress agents in the world. If you’re interested, hit the source link for more information direct from Ingress.
Ingress “Agents” may be interested to know that an update to the app is rolling out to Google Play, and on to users, over the next couple days. The new version 1.35.1 includes a new Agent profile and statistics tab, some Scanner performance improvements, and bug fixes. As part of the rollout of an AGENT tab for viewing statistics and recognitions, the follow achievements can now be part of your dossier thanks to some fancy badges:
Seer: Discover and successfully submit new Portals.
Connector: Link Portals.
Guardian: Maintain control of a Portal for an extended period of time.
Mind Controller: Create Control Fields.
Purifier: Destroy enemy Resonators.
Hacker: Hack Portals.
Builder: Deploy Resonators.
Explorer: Visit and hack distinct Portals.
Users may also notice some Portal notifications have been moved from Faction COMM and the GPS lock will remain on temporarily after a user switches to a different task or app. The Ingress app is still in closed beta.
Ingress, a sci-fi augmented reality game that incorporates some of the real world into its gameplay, received an update today from developer NianticLabs@Google. The update includes a couple features that users will probably find especially useful. The first of these improvements is a change to the Inventory carousel to display information like portal health and faction control. The second usability improvement is the addition of notifications for “Portal under attack,” “Portal neutralized,” and “@<codename>” messages.
Other changes in the latest update include support for Jarvis Virus and ADA Refactor objects and Recharge visual animation to go along with several bug fixes. If you are interested in trying out Ingress, you can grab the app using one of the download links below. Then you will need to receive an invite as the app is still in a closed beta stage.