Niantic Labs, the San Francisco-based developer of location-based games, has opened up a studio in Tokyo.
The firm, established by Google Earth creator John Hanke and formerly owned by Google, originally made its name with the lore-heavy AR game Ingress.
In the spotlight
Then, in 2015, it made headlines firstly by getting the nod to develop Pokémon Go - the series' first mobile outing - before receiving up to $30 million investment from Nintendo, Google, and The Pokémon Company.
Niantic's new Tokyo office will assist with the development of Pokémon Go, while - somewhat less predictably - working on what is said to be a platform based on AR and mapping.
It seems that the Tokyo office is likely to be where this happens.
[Source: Serkan Toto]