Google's Niantic Labs has launched Ingress, a new worldwide augmented reality game that will be primarily played with your mobile device. Back in September, they released an app called Field Trip, which aims to provide relevant information as you walk or drive around. Ingress is far more ambitious and involved than Field Trip.

It is a game that can be played by anyone with the app and will take quite a while. Not too much is known about the game, but what we do know is drawn from the vague video produced by Google above. It involves two groups, the Resistance, and the Enlightened. One group pushes back against 'the power' while the other seeks to use it to their advantage. 

A major aspect of the game will be using your phone while you're out and about, collecting power by walking certain routes or analyzing landmarks.

This sounds pretty interesting and ambitious. It's invite-only for now and Android-only for now, but Google plans to be on multiple platforms because they want as many players as possible.

To request an invite, hit up the source link, which is the main landing page for Ingress. If you're one of the lucky ones with an invite, there is also a link to the app in the Google Play Store.

Source: Ingress; via All Things D


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Google launches global augmented reality game Ingress, invite-only for now


looks like fun. Perfect if you live in a Big city. I live in the suburbs won't do me any good, so you can have my invite ( that I will not take from you)

My cousin works at Google and I got to visit him back in September. He was playing this all day. His coworkers were playing this all day. Literally every monument on the campus had someone standing next to it looking down at their phone. I live in a town with a bunch of degenerates and luddites so it wouldn't even be worthwhile to check this out. :(

So it's going to be a realtime competition in real life... Cue the fistfights, trespassing charges, and flashmobs.

Don't get me wrong, this looks amazingly cool but don't think that all the annoying downsides to games like WoW won't manifest themselves in many ways in real life.

I wouldn't worry about trespassing, it's made by the guy behind Google Earth, Google Maps, and Street view. When they say it will be public spaces only I think they'll manage. Fist fights and flash mobs are fair game though.

I want in, granted even though I live in the second largest metropolitan area in Illinois I wouldn't be surprised if I was the only one in the city to play it given how barren Schemer, and Field Trip are around here.

So far this is pretty cool. Two years ago I told a buddy of mine that Google will rule the world. They just started too. It's been having me check for portals everywhere.