Niantic announces Ingress 2.0: Ingress Prime

Niantic has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming Ingress 2.0 release, now officially called Ingress Prime. Ingress Prime will launch as a client update at some point in 2018.

It seems that Ingress 2.0 (aka Prime) will feature a few interesting changes:

  • a new angle on the story line
  • a completely revamped game client
  • a new tech platform, similar to what we’re used to in Pokemon GO
    • protobuf instead of JSON (confimred by Fev Games)
    • code base now similar to Pokemon GO
    • same style of engineering

“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.”

Niantic is getting ready for a very hectic 2018, with Ingress being re-launched and Harry Potter Wizards United shaping up to be the Pokemon GO of 2018, it’s hard to imagine that a small company can support so many games under it’s umbrella.

However, Hanke was quick to confirm that the team has grown significantly, with Niantic now employing more than 150 developers. Ingress finally has a fully staffed development team running the show now.

Are you interested in us covering Ingress? We expect an increase in the number of Ingress players with Ingress Prime, especially from the ranks of Pokemon GO player base. If Prime turns out to be an easier way to get invested in another Niantic powered AR mobile game experience, we don’t see why not give it a try.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, we are very interested in how you feel about Ingress and us covering it on a separate blog / website.