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July 14, 2014
|Genre(s)||Augmented reality, location-based game, alternative reality game|
Ingress is a location-based, augmented-reality mobile game developed by Niantic, a company spun off from Google. The game was first released for Android devices on November 15, 2012, and later for iOS on July 14, 2014. The game has a science fiction back story with a continuous open narrative.Ingress is also considered to be a location-based exergame.
Unlike many other MMOGs, the competition in Ingress is primarily between the two opposing factions rather than between individual players, and players never interact directly in the game or suffer any kind of damage other than temporarily running out of "XM", the power that fuels all actions except movement and communication. The gameplay consists of capturing "portals" at places of cultural significance, such as public art, landmarks, monuments, etc., and linking them to create virtual triangular "control fields" over geographical areas.
Progress in the game is measured on an individual level primarily by accumulating "Action Points" (or AP), and AP are awarded for a variety of in-game actions: destroying or damaging an enemy portal, capturing, linking, or recharging a portal, creating a control field, and other actions. Players of opposing factions can "battle" indirectly in approximate real time for control of portals, with one faction attacking a portal to destroy its resources and defences and the other faction restoring them as they are damaged, but there is no personal penalty for "losing" a portal, the destruction of a field the player created, or any other reason. The only scored competition is between the factions.
The game makers' framing device for the game is as follows: Alongside the discovery of the Higgs Boson by the physicists at CERN in 2012, it has also been discovered that the Earth has been seeded with "Exotic Matter," or XM. This substance has been associated with the Shapers, a mysterious phenomenon or alien race.
|From||To||Name||Primary sites (number & list)||Notes|
|July 13, 2013||Voynich||8: Hamburg, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsinki, Finland; , Sweden; Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia||No badges awarded|
|August 3, 2013||Minotaur||8: Minneapolis, MN; Salt Lake City, UT; St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, MO; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Denver, CO; Atlanta, GA; Toronto, Ontario, Canada||No badges awarded|
|August 11, 2013||August 24, 2013||Cassandra||13: Sydney, Australia; Milan, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; Düsseldorf, Germany; Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, DC; Manila, Philippines; Paris, France; São Paulo, Brazil; Hong Kong, PRC; Cologne, Germany; Chicago, IL; New York, NY||No badges awarded|
|October 12, 2013||December 14, 2013||13MAGNUS||No badges awarded|
|February 15, 2014||March 29, 2014||Recursion||8: Miami, FL; Bangalore, India; Louisville, KY; Austin, TX; Zagreb, Croatia; Boulder, CO; Berlin, Germany; Los Angeles, CA|
|April 12, 2014||June 21, 2014||Interitus||11: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Flagstaff, AZ; London, U.K.; Santa Fe, NM; Beijing, China; Melbourne, Australia; Kansas City, MO; Santiago, Chile; Birmingham, AL; Kraków, Poland; Gettysburg, PA|
|July 12, 2014||September 27, 2014||Helios||11: Montreal, Canada; San Diego, CA; Dublin, Ireland; Chicago, IL; Taipei, Taiwan; Detroit, MI; Prague, Czech Republic; Minneapolis, MN; Bogotá, Colombia; Tacoma, WA; Munich, Germany||Also London Special Edition|
|October 18, 2014||December 13, 2014||Darsana||6: Salt Lake City, UT; Brussels, Belgium; New Orleans, LA ; Tokyo, Japan ; Charleston, SC; Barcelona, Spain||Also Darsana Global|
|February 21, 2015||March 28, 2015||Shōnin||5: Austin, TX; Florence, Italy; Pasadena, CA; Hanover, Germany; Kyoto, Japan|
|May 30, 2015||June 20, 2015||Persepolis||5: Bratislava, Slovakia; Washington, DC; Utrecht, The Netherlands; Tohoku, Japan; Portland, OR|
|October 10, 2015||December 12, 2015||Abaddon||6: Hamburg, Germany; New Orleans, LA; New Taipei City, Taiwan; Oakland, CA; Okinawa, Japan; Milan, Italy||Flash Shards Special Events: October 10, 2015, October 24, 2015: Boston, MA; Houston, TX; London, U.K.; Zurich, Switzerland|
|February 27, 2016||April 2, 2016||Obsidian||4: Seattle, WA; Hong Kong; Vienna, Austria; Orlando, FL||The main event was meant to be in Rio de Janeiro, but it was changed to be a flash shard event due to the Zika virus epidemic, and Seattle was used instead.|
|May 28, 2016||July 16, 2016||Aegis Nova||7: Brooklyn, NY; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Tainan, Taiwan; San Diego, CA; Moscow, Russia; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan, Dublin, Ireland. Savannah, GA|
|August 27, 2016||September 24, 2016||Via Lux||5: Denver, CO; Wroclaw, Poland; Toronto, Canada; Cologne, Germany; Singapore|
|November 11, 2016||Via Noir||3: New Orleans, LA; Rome, Italy; Seoul, South Korea||Current Anomaly Series|
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