Ingress Prime is a remake of Niantic's first AR game

Pablo Tucker
December 5, 2017

And now, five years after its release, Niantic has revealed that it will overhaul the game and release it as Ingress Prime. It's broadly similar to Pokemon Go, albeit with a cyberpunk theme.

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, lovely version of the game".

So Niantic is finally giving Ingress the attention it deserves, and rightfully so. The developer will instead rely on slicker augmented reality frameworks like Google's ARCore and Apple's ARKit. Niantic says it will make use of the improved tools of the new mobile technologies so it could detect cheaters easily. However, it will unfold in a different manner.

There will also be an anime series coming out in 2018, which will presumably expand the universe.

Much like Pokemon Go, Ingress Prime will be built on the foundation of the original Ingress, with redesigned user interface and sound design, new features that utilize the advanced AR technology in the latest smartphone cameras, and a completely new narrative to play though.

Ingress represents a pioneering style of real world mobile games featuring innovative massively multiplayer gameplay. "It was a very spartan crew that did the first version of 'Ingress, '" Hanke said.

There's a very dramatic trailer for the game below.

The new game will look significantly better than the first and will be hosted on the same platform as Pokemon Go, meaning updates and improvements can be rolled out to both simultaneously. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Niantic, Inc.'s third game and is being co-developed with Warner Bros.

Niantic told Eurogamer in August that in "Harry Potter: Wizards Unit", players will learn how to cast spells, explore the real world through an AR lens that will help them locate and fight legendary beasts, and team up with their friends and other players to take down powerful enemies.

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