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Niantic Project’s Ingress No Longer a Closed Beta, Playable for All


Ever since its release, Ingress has been in a closed beta stage that allowed only people with invites to partake in the game. As of now, the developers have lifted that restriction, and anyone can start playing the game which is downloadable right from Google Play. It still has a healthy community of players, who continue to find and destroy other-worldly portals across the globe. 

With that said, go grab it and get your virtual reality gaming on!

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  • Great, open it up to the public after all the beta testers have leveled up, thus discouraging new players.

    • philnolan3d

      This is why this evening I went around and took out all the high level portals near here, or at least brought them down to a fairly low level.

    • There are places where both faction has agreed to turn it into a training grounds for newer agents.

  • Rich Flores

    It’s also so AWESOME that my almost 11,000,000 AP is still only worth the same L8 that the guy with 1,200,000 AP has lol

    That’s been my only real frustration, no new levels.

    • Thats why there seems to be a lot of faction changes so you can restart the game… with possible introduction of “red” faction game could get interesting

      • Rich Flores

        I really can’t stand some of the green players in my area and couldn’t imagine having to play with them hahahaha

        I’ve heard rumors that the red faction switch would allow a player to keep their level/AP, which could be cool but at that point you still risk possibly having to play with people from the opposite team that someone may not get along with.

  • I had it before on my Galaxy Nexus, maybe it’s time to download it again on my Moto X.

  • flosserelli

    I played maybe an hour’s worth when it first launched, and quickly got bored. It was nothing close to what I had hoped or expected. I thought it would have more of an augmented reality type of game environment, and portals & other game elements were projected HUD-style over real locations. Oh well, maybe the sequel will be more compelling.

    • philnolan3d

      It is augmented reality.

  • Adamania

    Did they make everybody level 1 again? Once I hit 8 there was really no point in playing anymore. The game was fun in the beginning, but got old pretty quick.

    • Col_Angus

      That would create some major nerd rage… but it would make sense, too hard to level up now with the monster portals out there.

      • Rich Flores

        Incorrect. It is MUCH easier now. Join your local community and people can get you power leveled in no time. I started in January and it took a damn month hitting it pretty hard to get to L8. I got my brother there in 5 days with casual play.

    • philnolan3d

      Nope, though they did add an achievement system which made it slightly more interesting but only slightly. I might start playing again if the give us more levels than 8 and allow you to place 4 mods on a oortal again.

    • If you change your faction which you can do only once… everything gets reset…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’ve had the beta for so damn long… I’ve never used this thing once. Either way… Nexus 5

  • Dan Sutherland

    is the nexus 5 announced yet?

  • Greg

    Poor verizon and their droids losing their exclusivity.
    I dont always play this game but when I do i have to get off my ass. I love trying to explain this game to other people and the strange looks I get.Then I tell them I am going for a walk to hack portals on my lunch break.

    • philnolan3d

      What does Verizon have to do with anything?

      • Greg

        Verizon worked out an exclusive deal for each new Droid to include an invite in ingress beta. The only way to get access before to to get invited into the beta. Now that it is open in the play store, Verizon shouldn’t be able to use that as a selling point.

        • philnolan3d

          It has nothing to do with exclusivity though, anyone with a Android phone could get an invite. More recently they were quite easy to get. Plus I really don’t think Verizon used it as a selling point. If they did it wasn’t much of one.

          • Greg

            Verizons droids were the only phones that shipped with ingress preinstalled and included a beta activation code in the box. Yes verizon used it as a sellign point. Click on the ingress banner at http://www.droiddoes.com/#lineup right below their phone lineup. Recently it may have been easy to get an invite but it wasnt always that way and you still had to apply.

  • coolsilver

    Too bad the game has become ruined by portals being removed after name changes or other lame reasons. Bad drama and game tactics.

    • Google was doing great until recent updates like MOD limits and new AP counts… like I can’t get more APs for creating bigger fields now that I can make 100MU fields its really annoying

      • Rich Flores

        Fields always garnered the same amount of AP. I’ve made 1 MU fields and 1,000,000 MU fields and they’re always worth the same.

  • BiggiePhat

    This post is not relevant to my interests.

    PS: My interests are the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4

    • philnolan3d

      Your comment is not relevant to my interests.

  • Droidzilla