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Google has begun work on an iOS version of its mobile augmented-reality game Ingress, according to a new report from AllThingsD. The game launched into closed beta last year, and has so far seen about one million Android activations.

If you’ve never heard of the title, it’s essentially a ‘social game’ set around a live story that Google updates every week with new clues. Players score points by collaborating with strangers to find clues and claim local landmarks for their team…

From the game’s description in the Google Play Store (via AllThingsD):

A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.

“The Enlightened” seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us.

“The Resistance” struggle to defend, and protect what’s left of our humanity.

Move through the real world using your Android device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other players to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance.

Confused? Check out this video that shows the Ingress game in action:

Ingress product manager Brandon Badger has confirmed AllThingsD’s report that the game is headed to iOS next year, but he wouldn’t offer up any additional details about the release or give any indication of when in 2014 it’d be available.

I think the whole concept is intriguing, though I’m not sure I see myself playing a 21st-century version of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” Of course, I could be wrong. At the very least, it’ll be interesting to see how others react.

What do you think of Ingress?

  • omrishtam

    hmmmm….k?

  • Drain

    Watch Dogs + NSA + Google = Ingress

    • Pitchy

      I am sure the NSA is really concerned about a bunch of people running around and visiting works of art and historical markers…

    • Glen Duncan

      Tinfoil hat + forgotten meds + poorly educated = drain

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    Looks cool

  • Kristen Vacketta

    A 21st century Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego would be fantastic… Can we get that instead?

  • Micaiah Martin

    What is the point of this game?

    • Joseph

      The point in the game is to collaborate with people you don’t know and make new friends.

      If you’re referring to what the point in doing things is, the point is to allow your faction to stay in the lead for as long as possible by claiming portals and creating links and fields between portals, capturing mind units (the population over the area you created a field in).

      • Micaiah Martin

        No wonder why america has gotten lazy in the past years. We have all been spending our time on things like this.

      • :(

        The hell are you talkin about? This game actually gets you active instead of sitting on our fat asses playing angry birds or infinity blade.

      • Glen Duncan

        Lazy? I’ve been playing three weeks and have waked over 80Km! Stick to commenting about what you actually know, which is apparently nothing.

  • Dylfo

    what do you do in this game?

    • Pitchy

      I have been playing for nearly a year on my Android tablets… it’s a like a geocache game where you must go out and locate portals. They are usually on places of interest like art murals, post offices, sculptures, fountains, water towers, churches, etc.. from there, it’s like a capture the flag type game. You have two factions, Enlightened (green) and Resistance (blue). You then can hack the portal for items. If it’s an enemy portal, you attack it and destroy the resonators that make up the portal. Once you take over a portal, then you need to link it to other portals. 3 links in a triangle make a field. A field then covers a segment of the population in which the field is supposed to control the thoughts and actions of the people who reside inside the field. So the over all object is to capture as many portals, link them up an establish large control fields. The control fields over a populace give points to your team. So you want to destroy all the fields and portals of the enemy team.

      I have met a lot of cool people playing this. I have learned a lot about the history of the areas I am at because the first set of portals were imported from the Historical Marker Database… so there are a lot of portals on historical markers. If you find something that doesn’t have a portal, you can submit it.

      It’s suprisingly fun and addictive. It’s nice to see it finally in the works for iOS as the unofficial iOS port was getting players banned.

  • I used to play the iOS port by Alex Studnicka and I enjoyed the game play. Curious about Google’s iOS version, because of the unofficial iOS port doesn’t include all features of the original android version, especially when it comes to 3D views 😉

    • Joseph

      Yeah. There was a lot missing from the port that made it not nearly as good of an experience.