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Google’s Niantic Labs to Follow Up Ingress With Endgame, a Cross-Media Interactive Title

Not too long ago, Ingress, which is the brainchild of Niantic Labs, an independent game studio inside of Google, was taken out of beta after what seemed like forever. Now that players are running around opening and closing portals all over the place, it’s time we start talking about Niantic Lab’s next step.

Detailed today by CNET, the studio is already well underway with Endgame, a cross-media completely-interactive game which will utilize YouTube videos, e-books novellas, social media, and image search results to get players involved. It actually sounds confusing right off of the bat, which is why I didn’t get too involved with Ingress. Anyways, here is what we know so far. 

Endgame, which should launch around Q3 or Q4 of this year, will be paired with a trilogy of novels from author James Frey’s Full Fathom Five production company and publisher HarperCollins. Nils Johnson-Shelton, author of Otherworld Chronicles, is helping to write the stories as well. The stories go beyond just books though, as players will use YouTube videos, social media, image search results, and other medias to help progress them through the experience.

What is even more interesting is the actual ending. Apparently, an unknown amount of real gold is going to be placed in a locked container as a prize for the first of three novels.

To help attract attention, each game attached to its respective novel will come with a big prize. The first book, “Endgame: The Calling,” will offer up in public a display case with a currently unknown quantity of gold in it. Solving the puzzle of the game will offer players a key to unlock the case, with plans to livestream the event on YouTube.

The game should launch around the same time that the books come out, which is scheduled for some time in October.

Any Ingress fans really excited for this?

  • TurtleJuice

    It’s just a matter of time until someone gets shot because of this game.

  • Wyveryx

    I got bored as hell with Ingress when I realized that i couldn’t set my own portals and that because there wasn’t any near my home location I couldn’t remote any other portals.

    • capecodty

      Um… You can submit your own portals. Long click, new portal.

      • Wyveryx

        Oh sure, you can submit them, doesn’t mean they’re approved. I could maybe understand my home location since it’s out in the boonies, but where I work, at the time, was a popular destination for college kids for lunch. Of course it took them over 3 weeks to reply to the submission too.

  • Brandon Golway

    I tried to play Ingress over the summer when I was unemployed but quickly got bored with it. It was very confusing and not many people in my city were playing (my city is 64 square miles), within a three mile radius there were three portals which were pretty damn hard to find to begin with and I kept trying to attack one portal but it was too high. I pretty much stopped playing after that day. I could imagine in a large city like NYC, SF, Philly, Chicago it would be a blast to play.

  • Guest

    Join the Enlightened! =D

  • thifury

    Very nice

  • Good timing I just reached L8 yesterday

  • John Legere

    I don’t think i ever even played Ingress, (Maybe once). Over-hyped

    • Jeff718

      Shut up, John (thanks for the awesome promotion).

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I’m more excited for more levels in Ingress. And I’m always excited to do my toad dance on top of a smurfs portal.

    • Adrynalyne

      The problem with Ingress is that they should have reset everyone’s level when it came out of beta. It is no fun starting at level 1 and surrounded by a bunch of high-level players.

      • CaptainHowdy13

        I didn’t have a problem going from level 1 to 8 in 3 weeks starting in mid December.

        • Adrynalyne

          You didn’t do it alone. I don’t like games where I have to get someone to level me.

          • CaptainHowdy13

            I live in a city with lots of portals and has an active community. I didnt get involved in our group until I was level 5 (roughly one week after first started playing). They helped me with tips mostly, we only just started to really work together to make big fields.

      • ToddAwesome

        I don’t have a problem with that at all. It’s easy to level now, in the beginning it was painful. I paid my dues. The original players are still the lifeblood of the game, helping noobs and organizing communities.

        • Adrynalyne

          Did they change the experience gain? It took me weeks to just get level 2 when I last played.

          • ToddAwesome

            Point system is essentially the same, but the number of portals now is ridiculous.

          • Adrynalyne

            Good to know. I will check it out again.

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          • David Davidson

            If it took weeks to hit L2 you are doing something very wrong. Find your local G+ group and ask for some help getting started.

            It took me a few days to get level 2 a year ago when there were only 5 portals in my hometown. It took weeks to get L4 and a couple months to hit L6. And that involved a LOT of driving to other nearby towns with 3-6 portals each.

            Now there are just over 50 portals and it’s very easy for a new player to hit L4 in a day. If you’re in a bigger city it should be even easier…the quantity of portals is just insane.

    • ToddAwesome

      Bah, I love to taste toad blood! 🙂

  • Walter Partlo

    There needs to be an 18K HTC One in that case.

    • Justin W

      650 carat Nexus 5 made of 24 karat gold.

    • Walter Partlo

      Its okay folks, I downvoted myself on this one too.