Niantic’s Harry Potter game will be a defining moment for AR

Niantic, the company behind Pokémon GO, has recently announced that they’re working on a follow-up to their monumentally successful Augmented Reality (AR) game. Pokéballs and Pocket Monsters move aside; and wands and wizardry will take their place as next AR craze will be J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter being brought to life. And my kids — and millions of kids just like them — will be eagerly awaiting the day they can hit download and start casting spells from their smartphones. This announcement is a clear indication that AR is an industry gathering pace, but where does it leave the major…

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Ingress Prime is a reboot of Niantic’s original AR game that’s coming in 2018

Niantic may be known for being the developer behind Pokémon Go, but it actually released a notable augmented reality (AR) game before Pokémon Go, and today Niantic announced a major reboot for that game.

Ingress Prime is now official. Niantic originally released Ingress in 2012, tasking players with picking a team, exploring the real world, and capturing territories to help their faction. Now the game is getting a reboot with a “completely redesigned user interface” and improved sound design.

Niantic says that Ingress Prime will also offer a new, in-depth user experience to help get new and experienced Ingress players up to speed on the conflict and story of the game. There will be a brand new storyline included with Ingress Prime and the global game board will reset, but Niantic says that current Ingress players will retain their in-game progression, level, and items in Ingress Prime.

Ingress, Ingress Prime comparison

Above you can see screenshots of the old Ingress (left) and Ingress Prime (right) to compare what the rebooted game will look like. 

Ingress Prime will launch on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices in 2018.

Ingress made waves in 2012 for using AR as a major component of its game, and while it did see some success, the game never got as much traction with consumers as Pokémon Go. Now that Niantic has more experience, more name recognition, and more powerful smartphone hardware at its disposal, it’s going to give Ingress a major reboot and offer up a new AR game for folks that may not have been into Pokémon Go.

Did you ever play the original Ingress? Are you going to check out Ingress Prime?

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Niantic’s first AR game Ingress is getting a massive overhaul in 2018

Niantic may be best-known for the massive hit Pokémon Go, but for its next major release the studio is going back to the beginning. Today the developer revealed that it’s working on a significant update to its debut augmented reality game, Ingress. Called Ingress Prime, the overhauled version of the game will be launching next year, and will change virtually every aspect of the experience — from the art, design, and narrative, to the underlying technology that powers it. “This game was the place where we figured out all of the things that we later applied to Pokémon Go, and will be drawing from for other projects that we do in the future,” says Niantic CEO John Hanke. “We really look at it as our spiritual core.”

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