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?