The Jakarta Post
In the game, players are part of one of two groups and have to travel to real-world locations to capture different factions. (Shutterstock/File)
Created by the same team that developed Pokémon Go, Ingress was launched in 2012 and has since been downloaded 20 million times. In the game, players are part of one of two groups and have to travel to real-world locations to capture different factions.
Its Netflix counterpart, Ingress: The Animation, is set to be directed by artist Yuhei Sakuragi, and Neon Genesis Evangelion’s art director Takeshi Honda will be heading character design.
“The anime peers into the Ingress universe and allows viewers to see a part of that universe that is uniquely expressed,” said Niantic founder John Hanke said in an interview.
Ingress: The Animation will follow Makoto and Sarah, two people who have been impacted by the exotic matter is leaking into the world of Ingress. The show’s storyline is unique from the game’s content and will be utilized to introduce Ingress Prime, the sequel to the original augmented reality game.
“We learned a lot from Ingress and now we’re continuing to learn from ‘Pokémon Go,” said Hanke. He continued, saying those lessons include things like “how people use augmented reality, accessibility, working on a game with a much broader awareness, having shareable components and, perhaps most important, making sure it’s easy to get into and understand the game.”
“We’re trying to take those lessons and make ‘Ingress more accessible,” he said. Ingress is a deliberately obscure game. We want to make sure people can make their way through that and get to the actual gameplay. We want to make that smoother for Ingress Prime.”
Both Ingress Prime and Ingress: The Animation are set for an October release. Fuji TV is working with Netflix to deliver the anime worldwide. (sul/kes)