Step Into An Alternate Reality Universe With Google’s Massively Multi-player Online Game Called Ingress [Updates]

Ingress   Step Into An Alternate Reality Universe With Google’s Massively Multi player Online Game Called Ingress [Updates]In a surprising development, Google has launched an alternate reality game, and that too on the Android. Surprising because, one does not really associate Google as a game development company. But Google has just gone and launched Ingress as a free mobile app. Ingress is in closed beta right now, though you can request an invite at the website which is enticing enough. If you have the invite, the Google Play Store is just a step away for you to download the free Android app.

The Ingress app is like a ‘gateway’ or a portal into an alternate reality universe. But in a radical departure from other MMO games, the gameplay here is also connected to the real world where you have to physically move yourself around to collect objects and team-up with other players.

But begin by choosing between one of two sides – the Enlightened and the Resistance.  The arch nemesis (depending on the side you choose) is a mysterious all-powerful entity. The Enlightened want to embrace this power, while the Resistance want to preserve humanity the way it is. Both sides have to move through the real world to collect objects and form alliances with other players and win the ultimate goal.

The game story will constantly evolve as players ‘team up’ around the world and dictate the progress of the game on a global map. What’s interesting is that thanks to the commonality of the free Android app, the game could create communities as alliances across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.

Source: Ingress via AllThingsD

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Adam Campbell

this is pretty cool, and I think that google has the best shot at pioneering this type of mmog. the concept of combining virtual and physical worlds has always been difficult to wrap ones mind around…

Abdelkader Hadjaissa

it’s a great concept

Raj Bhag

Googe. Once again showing that they are the best. A truly revolutionary company.

Kismet

Sounds good… Where do I get an invite code?

Paul-G

Are you serious?

From the above text (paragraph 1) “Ingress is in closed beta right now, though you can request an invite at the website which is enticing enough.”

Kismet

Yeah that was obvious and many including myself have taken that route long before this article was written… Applying for a code and actually being given one is two different things. There communities that have 50 or more codes to give away. I was hoping someone had some..

Saikat Basu

You don’t need one from here. Jump into the site and join in.

Gary Callaghan

This looks great, I signed up on the site. I agree with Alan, Google has the best shot at putting this kind of game out there and I for one can’t wait to see what it’s all about.

Adam

I got in thanks to a kind redditor, and it’s awesome. Here’s the unoffical wiki, if your interested. http://niantic.schlarp.com/

Join the Resistance!

Saikat Basu

Let us know how it’s turning out for you.

Emmanuel

I know its going to be awesome since its coming from Google

Douglas Mutay

Yeah! without any doubt! Google has always show how powerful they are by stepping ahead other and innovating! Thumbs up!

Johann

Win-win. Looks like it’s going to be a fun free game and Google get the public to traipse all over cities plotting their routes, taking photos etc. which will presumably be fed back into their map of the world.

So we get to play a game, and they get to give us better maps. Seems like a decent trade-off. Just remember that in this day and age if you’re not paying for something it’s because you’re the product, not the customer.

Serra Stone

I’m excited about this, but I really wonder how much play I am going to get living in BFE.

Lisa Santika Onggrid

I’m blown away with expectations. This is the sort of game I waited for, sort of like ‘The World’ in dotHack games. Google is the perfect company to handle virtual/reality mesh concept, with their unlimited data. Anyone play this and can write a review?

Saikat Basu

It’s in closed beta right now. Though, one can sign-up and request an invite. Once it opens up to the public, someone from us will definitely write a review. It is something one should try out for a period of time.

Nohl Lyons

Go Google!

Contest Winner

It wasnt a joke when they said Google is taking over the world, this is the first phase of recruiting for their army, an army of googlers.

Brandon Clark

So cool!

Brandon Clark

Finally got an invite key, best way to get one is to submit some form of art to Brandon Badger on either the Ingress Facebook page or link him to a Google+ post. Got mine in a couple hours this way.

Saikat Basu

Thanks for the tip there. We should see some hectic activity now :)

will

this is dope

Mal Tate

Now this looks kool….

Alex Perkins

Couple this with a pair of Google Glasses. :-)

Saikat Basu

Hey Alex!.
That’s what I thought too. Who knows, that could come down the road. Looks just tailor made for it.

Nikhil Chandak

amazing and cool !
thanks for the article …….

Douglas Mutay

Awesome! This will be a great great one once completed!

Gary Mundy

Sounds like a great idea. I wonder how much fun it would be if the only thing I see for days on end is cattle, dogs, chickens and trees. My Border Collie is pretty smart. I could get her signed up so we could team up. Ya but she would probably join the Enlightened. She is a bit of a follower. ;~)

Austen Gause

is this going to be integrated into project glass or just smartphones

Amirul Khalis

Bring it on Google~ at least now spending time with friends is a lot – lot better. Better than just seeing them replying a tweet, FB comment or messaging. At lease more interaction in real life~

Saikat Basu

That’s a nice way of looking at it. Yes, one can meet-up and form groups to play the game I think. But do note that there are two opposing sides in the game :)

Andy McMullen

This makes me want to go out and get an android phone right now.

Shmuel Mendelsohn

Surprising, but it does sound good!

Michael Jan Moratalla

cool is that an augmented reality game? that’s nice

Saikat Basu

Yes, it is. But it has an element of a “treasure hunt adventure” game also I believe.