Pokemon Go was and is a huge success for the American developer Niantic, But even before fans swept the neighborhood with their smartphones to catch legendary Japanese pocket monsters, Niantic had an AR iron in the fire with Ingress. The gameplay was the same: Players move in the real world with their smartphones and do tasks.
With Ingress Prime Niantic now ventures to create a successor that leaves the game largely untouched, but on improved accessibility and a friendly AI sets, which should evolve through contact with the players steadily. Netflix also launches an anime series related to the plot of the AR game.
This upgrade happens before the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which takes the beloved wizard franchise to the world of AR. Since Niantic is already incorporating findings from Pokemon Go in the development of Ingress Prime, you can possibly draw conclusions from the new game on Harry Potter.
We participated in an information event about Ingress Prime and learned a lot of details about the game, which we want to present to you here.
This is how Ingress Prime works
The story of Ingress Prime was taken from the predecessor and is quickly outlined: The mysterious Exotic Matter, XM for short, is discovered all over the world. Now, two factions are arguing over the use of this substance.
The Enlightened believe that XM is a gift to humanity that should move on to the next evolutionary stage with the help of Mighty Matter. The resistance, on the other hand, deems XM unpredictable and demands that the material be collected and investigated before deciding what to do next.
Players decide to start for one of the two factions and then move as agents in the field to collect the XM, control nodes and trump competing enemy agents. And yes, they literally go into the field!
Also provide Events in the worldlike anomalies, for a change. In addition, as with Pokemon Go, also organized by Niantic mass events. Much is therefore designed for the togetherness and opposition of the players. The special feature is that the winning group of events such as anomalies drives the live story of Ingress Prime in their favor. This provides another playful incentive to help the own faction to victory.
A new AR feature is currently under development for Ingress Prime: One Live map of the areawhich we can present on the smartphone camera on our living room table.
In the new Story hub the progress of history is always displayed in the app, so that new players are brought up to date quickly. The developer follows the desire of the community to offer better entry-level friendliness.
Ingress Prime – Trailer for the release of the AR game of the Pokemon Go makers
Niantic explains that they used feedback from their predecessor to improve Ingress Prime. Above all the Ease of use of the user interface, To make it even more intuitive, a "real AI" in Ingress Prime also returns.
Each faction gets its own little one AI helper, This AI should be adaptive and adaptive, depending on how players communicate with it.
Ingress's UI has been overhauled for Ingress Prime. Furthermore, the Inventory system revisedto be clearer and easier to use.
Augmented Reality – The New World (Plus)
For data consumption
In AR games, the question of data usage is always interesting. After all, nobody wants to change his cell phone contract to the data hunger to appease his app.
According to Niantic, however, the ingress prime is limited. Ingress chief developer Scot Frank states that he plays in the range of around one gigabyte of data consumption per month lies. This is quite acceptable given today's contracts, which range from one to 30 GB. How much this coincides with the playful reality will be shown after the launch.
Also the energy hunger was already an issue at Ingress. In view of the complex design of the UI, it is to be feared that rechargeable batteries will run even faster under the weight of Ingress Prime. Niantic explained that they are constantly working to optimize the energy of their games.
Test run for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?
With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is after Pokemon Go another AR game with a powerful franchise in the back at Niantic in development. In the question and answer session, therefore, the question came up, whether the developer Ingress Prime as a test environment uses.
According to Niantic, findings from all predecessors are also incorporated in the successor products. For example, they used information from the development and support of Pokemon Go to improve Ingress Prime. That would be no different with Ingress Prime and the later appearing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
This could involve live events where players have to do things together. We may also get a learning AI in Harry Potter's side, which then appears in the role of a familiar character character, such as Dumbledore. But also the integration of new AR features like the above mentioned map is conceivable.
Immersive spell features, such as swinging the smartphone to cast certain spells or announcing the HP franchise of known spells, are almost a good thing. However, it should be noted that our statements in the previous two paragraphs are speculations.
AR success even without a big brand in the back?
According to Niantic, the new ingress should not be misunderstood as a test environment, the developer wants Ingress Prime as independent game market. Another questioner at the info event wanted to know suitably whether AR-Games could possibly only become really successful with a powerful brand in the back.
Niantic sees this differently: They believe that there are many fans of AR who can not do anything with Pokemon and Harry Potter and would therefore prefer something "neutral", that is to say their own brand like Ingress Prime.
Ingress Prime is now available for Android and iOS and is available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
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