Niantic has not forgotten Ingress, its older and less-popular game, even though the name has been associated mostly with Pokémon Go during the past couple of years. Following a sneak peek of its revamp called the Ingress Prime in 2017, the AR game-maker has announced that it is hosting 48 free real-world events for the hidden-reality sci-fi game this year and next year. They are set to take place across the globe, adding some layers of mystery in augmented reality to various cities, turning them into interactive locations where players can look for “portals,” that are mostly on landmarks and public art.
Players of Ingress are divided into two groups: one group attacks the portals in order to destroy them, while the other group restores them. The backstory of the game on Google Play and the App Store says:
“A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force are unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it, or it will control us.
‘The Enlightened’ seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us. ‘The Resistance’ struggle to defend, and protect what’s left of our humanity.”
The AR game-maker has hosted more than 2,000 real-world Ingress events since it was made public in 2012. The round, which welcomes players from any level, will begin in Fukuoka, Japan on the 7th of April, 2018 and will end in Chicago on the 18th of May, 2019. Tthe company will go to numerous countries, including Maldives, Latvia, the Philippines, Austria, Taiwan, Singapore, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Spain, Mexico, Germany, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Romania, Paraguay, Greece, Portugal, Italy, India, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Some locations will highlight unique onsite activities, including live actors, stage shows, reveals, and social meet-ups while others will be a littel bit less exciting.
Users can check out the list of Ingress on its events page if they are already getting bored with Pokémon Go and demand an AR game to play until Niantic releases its Harry Potter experience. However, players must take note that the list does not include the first event in Fukuoka and the next two in Schloss Kaltenberg, Germany and Camp Navarro, California, which are both set to take place from the 25th to the 28th of May 2018.