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Google’s Mystery Video Game Takes Place In Real-World Locations

Google’s Mystery Video Game Takes Place In Real-World Locations
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Ingress is a new augmented reality mapping game where the final objective will be revealed gradually as more players join.

Andrew Vaterlaus-Staby, PSFK Labs
  • 16 november 2012

Google’s Ninantic Labs has launched Ingress, a new worldwide augmented reality game that will primarily be played with your mobile device. The game has been generating a lot of buzz lately thanks to a mysterious teaser video released last week. Now, Ingress is launching on Google Play, offering a way for players with invites to join in unravelling a global mystery.

The game is almost entirely map-based, plotting in-game elements to real-world locations so that users can interact with their surroundings on their Android devices to unlock clues about what’s going on. Objectives include tasks such as gathering objects, or working together and against other human players to accomplish objectives in a two-sided battle to determine the future of humanity. It isn’t just about interacting in a virtual world overlaid on top of our own; there’s also a shared goal, with details gradually revealed on a virtual corkboard at the Niantic Project website.

More will be revealed about this mysterious game as the player base grows and the story develops. To request an invite, go to the Ingress website. If you’re one of the lucky few with an invite, there is also a link to the app in the Google Play Store.

Check out the video below for a closer at Ingress:

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