Google’s app team, Niantic Labs, has released a new multi-player, gaming platform for mobile users called Ingress.
The newly launched app, currently in close-beta, is an augmented reality game, allowing users to turn their real-world location into a virtual world.
“Move through the real world using your Android device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy,” described in Google’s Play store. “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.”
John Hanke, the location-based genius behind past successes and milestones like Google Earth, Google Maps and StreetView, commented “We live in a world of abundant information and ubiquitous computing — why not play in it? For the first time, the world, not the screen, can become the basis for a mobile game — it’s a controller in the palm of your hand.”
While it’s currently in closed-beta, anyone can request an invite for the trial stages of the game for Android the Google Play store, or Ingress.com.