It seems as if Google is looking to expand its fairly successful augmented reality game Ingress franchise — with eBooks. In a pertinently appropriate partnership with bestselling conspiracy fiction author Thomas Greanias, Google’s Niantic Labs is giving the Enlightenment vs Resistance saga some narrative history.
I think this is a shrewd move. The game, fun and engaging as it is, practically cries out for some tangible backstory. Plus, if in-game chatter is an indication, additional media — swag, imagery, even motion pictures –would be quite welcome, and will also increase mindshare. There is no official word with regards to iOS functionality, and with quite a few players topping out at the higher levels, stuff like this could help maintain interest.
Reportedly, the first installment is named Alignment: Ingress and will be available this April.
Yes, I will get it. For, uh, research.
Do you play Ingress?