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Nov 17, 2012, 12.25 PM IST | Source: Tech2.com

Google's augmented reality game Ingress released in closed beta

While every other gaming genre is being well explored when it comes to smartphone games, the one genre the platform seems ripe for - augmented reality gaming -

While every gaming genre is being well explored in the domain of smartphone games, the one genre the platform seems ripe for - augmented reality gaming - seems to be underdeveloped. Google seems to be attempting to remedy this with its new augmented reality game, titled Ingress. While the game is in a closed beta right now, you can apply for a beta invite at the Ingress website. Once you are part of the closed beta, you can download the app from Google Play. Google has also released a trailer for the game.Ingress seems to be going for a dystopian cyberpunk theme with an ancient war between hidden factions thrown in for good measure. The game will have you join one of the two factions - the Resistance or the Enlightened - and go to various landmarks to complete objectives. The game also seems to be completely online with a social aspect, much like a massively multiplayer online game. The game allows you to track the progress of other players from around the world and communicate with them using an Intelligence app. According to the description of the game, players will need to work together to complete objectives. Cooperation across neighbourhoods, cities, and countries is required to achieve victory.Here is the story of the game according to its description: "A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us." Players will play as either the Enlightened or the Resistance. The Enlightened want to embrace the power that can be obtained from the energy. The Resistance, on the other hand, aim to defend and protect what's left of our humanity.

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