Pokemon GO Creator’s ‘Ingress’ Getting Anime Adaptation On Netflix (VIDEO)


Mobile developer Niantic may be rolling in the dough with the extremely popular Pokémon Go, but the studio brought forth their first community-based AR experience in 2013 with Ingress. While the game operated on a simple location-tagging premise, it featured a complex science fiction plot revolving around rival factions and an outbreak of exotic, humanity-altering matter. It seems this lore-heavy story has caught the eye of Netflix, as the streaming service is looking to deliver an official anime adaptation.

Underway from animation studio Crafter, Fuji TV and Netflix have announced a partnership to bring an Ingress animated series to release. Titled Ingress: The Animation, Niantic founder John Hanke confirmed the mobile game adaptation with Variety, detailing a release window as well as various details about the “unique” direction of the series.

The anime peers into the Ingress universe and allows viewers to see a part of that universe that is uniquely expressed,” Hanke said.


A loose adaptation of the Ingress‘ events, the animation is set to bring new perspective following protagonists Makoto and Sarah as they adjust to being affected by otherworldly matter. A mysterious third character named Jack will be introduced as well, as all three are brought into the game’s Enlightened vs Resistance premise. The trio’s adventures eventually put them up against a corporate antagonist looking to exploit the exotic matter for “bad things.”

This new animated project is to release alongside a major update to the original game called Ingress Prime. Hanke notes that much of the anime’s new elements will make an appearance in Prime in the same way “familiar characters” from the game will feature in the show. This unique approach of blending continuities is likened to a “reboot” of sorts.

There will be familiar characters and situations that have become famous in the game, but they will be experienced through a fresh interpretation with new characters, new actors,” he said. “Think of it like a reboot of a superhero franchise.”

Hanke describes Ingress Prime as a “more accessible” version of the original, and a perfect way to incorporate what the studio has learned since developing Pokémon Go. A trailer for the Ingress Prime update, which can be viewed above, gives us a glimpse at what we can expect when both the revamped game and anime drop sometime in October.

What do you think? Are you interested in playing the updated version of Ingress, or does that anime seem like it could tickle your fancy? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment 24 hours a day! For more from the realm of Netflix, check out these next few news stories:

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his biweekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.

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