Pokemon GO developer Niantic is gearing up for a reboot of its original location-based game Ingress under the new name Ingress Prime.
The reboot will consist of a major update to Ingress, which will alter the UI, UX, and sound design while adding AR functionality and a new narrative.
The global game board will be completely reset, but existing players will retain their level and any items they have earned previously.
On top of rebooting the game, Niantic is also developing an anime series set in the Ingress universe. Both the update and anime are expected to launch some time in 2018.
A new chapter
"When Ingress first launched five years ago, we helped create a new genre of games that foster exploration, discovery, friendship and exercise," said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc.
"Ingress is the foundation of our real-world gaming platform and showcases our ability to create in-game and live experiences that can be a force for positive change in communities worldwide.
"With Ingress Prime, we're ushering in a new chapter of the game for our passionate fans who have been with us since the beginning as well as the next evolution of the experience for those new to Ingress."
Niantic is currently developing a new location-based AR game using the Harry Potter IP called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. It is also continuing operations on Pokemon GO, which recently generated $16 million in tourism revenues for the Tottori prefecture in Japan.