Up until now Ingress has been a closed beta, giving it an exclusive status that required you to request an invitation or be gifted an invite by a friend who already has access. This changes starting today!
Niantic Labs has now removed the close beta tag from the game, allowing for anyone to jump into the augmented festivities, no invite required.
Many Android fans already know a great deal about Ingress, but for those that don’t, the game works by taking the real world and laying over a virtual experience on top of it. Basically that means you need to go to real-world locations to collect in-game “Exotic Matter”, all while fighting for territorial control against a rival faction.
So is the game worth playing? If you enjoy the idea of interacting with real-world locations in a massively multiplayer experience, then yes it certainly is.
As a word of caution though, the number of Ingress players is still growing and so if you are in a less populated area you might find that the game’s experience isn’t quite as exciting – yet. Now that anyone can freely grab the game, this situation could soon be changing.
For more details on Ingress or to grab the app, you’ll want to head over to Google Play.