Google's popular mobile augmented-reality game called Ingress will be coming to iOS in 2014, reports AllThingsD. Ingress product manager Brandon Badger confirmed the iOS port to the tech site last week, and while Badger couldn't divulge an exact release date, iOS fans of the Android game will be happy to know that it is at least on its way.
Since its launch in a limited beta for Android last November, Ingress has already racked up over one million players worldwide. In the game, players use their mobile phones to physically search for clues in the real world that will help the unravel the story of a mysterious energy that has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. Players can choose to join "The Enlightened" who seek to embrace the energy's power, or "The Resistance" who seek to defend humanity. From the game's Google Play description:
The World is the Game
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.
The struggle is being played out globally. Track the progress of players around the world, plan your next steps, and communicate with others using an Intelligence map.
What is the Niantic Project?
Is this just a game? An Investigation Board (http://www.nianticproject.com) filled with cryptic clues and secret codes awaits. The story evolves everyday. Powerful secrets and game tech are there to be unlocked.
The struggle to save the planet spans the entire world. Groups of people acting together can be more effective than individuals acting alone. Cooperation across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.
Though you would think Google would be reluctant to release such a popular game on iOS, AllThingsD points out that because of the sheer number of iOS users, no gaming company -- even Google -- can afford to not be on Apple's platform. In 2014 it is expect the number of iOS devices in the wild will surpass 1 billion.