Augmented reality (AR) videogame developer Niantic Labs might be more well known for the massive phenomenon that is Pokémon GO but before that the studio released AR title Ingress. Niantic is bringing Ingress back, though, and they're doing so with some of the lessons they've learned throughout the life of Pokemon Go.
Ingress Prime seems to be built around the same idea, but adds in a much-needed user interface update, new sound design, and a series of new features. The game's now slated for a 2018 release.
According to Niantic CEO John Hanke, Pokemon Go stole focus away from Ingress once the game went big; now that time has passed, the team is now ready to reward players of the Ingress community by offering "a modern, handsome version of the game".
For those who aren't familiar, Ingress is a mobile AR game that launched in 2012 and its systems are kind of the backbone of what became Pokemon GO. Instead of capturing Pokemon, however, players in Ingress capture "portals" for one of two opposing factions (Enlightened and Resistance) in a futuristic, sci-fi setting.
Ingress Prime will be offered as an update to owners of the base game. New features integrate state-of-the-art augmented reality technology leveraging smartphone cameras to immerse players in the sci-fi world of Ingress. The global game board will reset along with this reboot, but existing Ingress players will retain their in-game progression, level, and items in Ingress Prime. "With Ingress Prime, we're ushering in a new chapter of the game for our passionate fans who have been with us since the beginning as well as the next evolution of the experience for those new to Ingress".
The launch of Ingress Prime in 2018 will kick off a big new story arc, beginning a brand new narrative for agents worldwide.