Ingress is a new open world game from Google's Niantic Labs that transforms your real world "into the landscape for a global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition"
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.
A few of these real-world games already exisit (QONQR, Shadow Cities) but the difference here is who is behind the game. There is already some speculation that Google's real motive behind the project's development is to generate a new batch of data for Google to intergrate into their applications. Google has a history of using one product as a decoy or data generator for another See: Recaptcha (For Google Books), Street View (For self driving car), 411 Service (For Google Voice) and with Nokia releasing turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation into their software this type of user generated content created during game play could becoming quite useful in the increasingly competitive mobile maps battle.
The Niantic Labs divison that created the project is run by John Hanke, the former co-founder of CEO of Keyhole (Which became Google Earth) and currently Vice President Product Management for Geo at Google. Hanke told AllThingsD that the project “grew out of us thinking about notions of ubiquitous computing,”, “The device melts away.” and to Forbes that "his team was inspired by geo-caching but wanted to take that idea to a new level, essentially “draping” the world of the game onto the real world"
Currently the game is in an invite only beta but in the meantime you can sign-up to get on the list here, or catch the trailer video below for more details.
Additional: r/ingress, Ingress Support, CNET, Forbes, TC
Via: AllThingsD, Shaper_pmp