Nov 19, 2012
What is Ingress? It’s a new augmented-reality game from Niantic Labs in private beta. But there’s something odd about it: it’s a Google-backed game.
Named after the ship that brought people from around the globe to San Francisco during the time of the Gold Rush, NianticLabs@Google is an internal Google studio that’s currently working on geolocation-based mobile projects, including this and Field Trip.
Ingress is shrouded in mystery: the objective appears to be to find sources of energy that are harvested from real-world locations. As well, there’s the ability to capture territory for one of two sides: the Enlightened or the Resistance. Players will be able to team up with others in order to try and advance their cause.
While part of the interest behind this game is that Google is backing it, it reamins to be seen if the game will have success as it nears its widespread launch. Currently, to get in, an invite needs to be acquired from the Ingress website. The app can be downloaded from Google Play.