Google has launched Ingress, a new free mobile app and augmented reality game. It is a game that can be played by anyone with the app and will take quite a while. Not too much is known about the game, but what we do know is drawn from the vague video produced by Google above.
See a video ad Google posted for “Ingress” on Thursday below:
Definitely sounds cool enough. Unfortunately it’s invite only for now, and only available on Android, but Google wants as many players as possible, so a multiple platform release is in the pipeline.
To request an invite, just head on over to the source link below to try your luck.
All Things D has an interview with John Hanke, the guy who run’s Google’s Niantic Labs, which created the game. Here’s a snippet from that:
“The concept is something like World of Warcraft, where everyone in world is playing the same game,” Hanke said. Players are on one of two teams: “The Enlightened,” who embrace the power, or “The Resistance,” who fight the power. Anyone can play from anywhere in the world, though in more densely played areas there will be more local competition for resources.
Outdoor physical activity is a big component of this, though driving between locations isn’t banned. “You’re like a rat in a maze on the phone,” Hanke said. Then, back at your computer, you can review the larger area and gameplay.