Niantic Labs, Makers of Ingress, Provides First Look at Pokémon GO

We are still a ways from launch, but Niantic Labs, best known for Ingress, gave us our first early look at Pokémon GO this morning. Played the same way Ingress is, which has you walking all over town, Pokémon GO allows players to explore the world around them in search for new Pokémon.

To discover your Pokémon, you may need to visit their natural habitats. For example, to collect a water type, you may need to visit your local lake, river, or pond. As you walk around, previously acquired Pokémon eggs will hatch, leading to the potential of new Pokémon in your arsenal. In addition, dedicated PokéStops are where you can acquire Poké Balls and eggs. But, what would a Pokémon game be without battles?  (more…)

Ingress Turns 2 Years Old, Google Celebrates With an Infographic and Monthly Series

Do you embark on transatlantic journeys to capture portals, identify with The Enlightened or Resistance, and destroy links for keys? If so, then you are probably an Ingress player.

The augmented reality game, a product of Google’s Niantic Labs, has not seen a major update since February, but the developers have not forgotten about its many devotees. In celebration of Ingress’s 2-year anniversary, they have detailed a few fascinating statistics in an infographic and are starting a new monthly event series for beginning players. (more…)

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.  (more…)

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

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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.  (more…)

Google Updates Ingress With 10 Fancy Achievement Badges

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Still playing Ingress? If so, you can grab the newest update recently posted to Google Play, complete with new achievement badges. Finally, all of that hard work will count for something. With this new “Agent Achievement” system in the game, you can better track your progression and skills throughout the game. Need to size up the competition? With the new system, you can just check their badges.  (more…)

Ingress Updated, Brings New Inventory Sorting Controls and Better High-Density Display Support

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The Ingress development team pushed an update out to the app today, bringing lots of new features and bug fixes. Players are still out there fighting for whichever side they chose, opening and closing portals as much as they can in their free time.

To start it off, higher density displays should notice a more crisp look for the app, as well as the addition of new Portal Hack animations. There is a new Fire Mode which was added and an improved Health display on Portal Keys.  (more…)

Ingress Receives Update to 1.26, Brings Added Notifications and Portal Info

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This afternoon, Google and the team at Niantic Labs pushed out a major update for their hit game, Ingress. Inside the update, version number 1.26, information on portal health and faction controls are placed in the inventory carousel, as well the much-needed addition of notifications for portal attacks, neutralization and @codename messages.  (more…)