Though Ingress Prime contains many new enhancements, current players ("Agents") will keep their in-game progress. Despite the lack of resources afforded to Ingress, the game has managed to retain a strong community base - let's see if Ingress Prime can build on that as well as bring new players to the fold.
Ingress, Niantic's first AR project is getting a long overdue overhaul in 2018. The story is told through comics, novels, and a series of polished news broadcasts on the Ingress YouTube channel.
When a year ago, CEO and founder of Niantic, John Hanke was asked about how Pokemon Go Pokestops and Gym locations were selected, he said that the players have to thank other gamers on that matter, especially Ingress.
The first teaser is mostly cinematic in nature, and doesn't dive into the updates and new features, but it's still a very cool introduction to the world of Ingress for newer players... Launched in 2012, the game's been downloaded more than 20 million times, according to numbers provided by the developer. There are a few advantages that derive from this, such as the fact that Ingress Prime can benefit from a few new technologies like ARCore (Google) and ARKit (Apple), but it will also make it much harder (or impossible) for players to cheat the game system.
"We took people and some of our attention off of Ingress after the Pokémon Go launch", Hanke said, "just because that game was going so strong that we had to beef up all aspects of it".
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In Ingress' fiction, the world is filled with portals - often tied to art and other points of interest - which offer a link to a mysterious extra-dimensional energy source, XM.
The launch of Ingress Prime in 2018 will kick off a massive new story arc, beginning a brand new narrative for Agents worldwide.
Above: Ingress Prime is a reboot of Niantic's Ingress.
Ingress Prime will be available on iOS and Android devices.