Ditch the story, bring back the Ingress Report

PerringaidenPerringaiden ✭✭✭✭✭

With Niantic spending all this money on videos about strange people with blow up heads and multiple dimensions, I think people have lost sight of the game of Ingress.

However, back in the 'days of yore', before Prime, before the Animation, before a 3 year blank space, there was:

The Ingress Report

This series in the early days, had *far more* to do with the players, and our achievements than any storyline, or the crazy things the NIA was up to. Celebrating the players, announcing new versions of the software etc, with a decent production quality and a recognizable reporter.

Bring back the early Ingress Report, before you dragged Suzanna Moyer into the lore. Before the only videos we got were strange people in weird masks. Show the fun times people have at anomalies, and the excitement of Operations people complete.

YouTube is still a great platform for social content delivery.



  • PerringaidenPerringaiden ✭✭✭✭✭

    As another example, this episode balances story info and player achievements:

  • Great idea, I miss reports and the good mood of Suzanna Moyer. 😀

  • mortuusmortuus ✭✭✭✭

    the story today is no fun at all, i dont even follow it...

  • Sure, it would be nice!

  • Back in the day when the community was actually valued...

    I completely agree and have been thinking the same thing. The Ingress Report tied community efforts into the lore and allowed everyone to feel like they were apart of something much more than a random app.

    The thing that makes Ingress great is what has been built on top of the base game...again, that's the community. Anomalies, Mission Days, First Saturdays, even NL1331 events wouldn't exist without the network of locals that make them happen. Of those locals that actually organise things, I wonder how many of them are newer players versus older ones that remember the glory days of the Ingress community.

    Bring back the Ingress Report.

  • it does seem Niantic is spending a lot of resources appeasing a small community of people into the lore, while not giving the rest of the community much of anything.

  • NinthAntNinthAnt ✭✭✭

    This was my takeaway from the livestream the other day as well. The lore makes no sense to me it sounds like babbling nonsense, it has no real impact on gameplay outside of narrow events. Most people ignore it because it's safely ignorable and a twisting plot arc stretched over years is exhausting to keep up with and confusing/nonsensical to people who don't. It's a bad use of resources and time, distracts from things that the players care about.

    I would include the entire tessellation game under this umbrella too.

  • PerringaidenPerringaiden ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 13


    it has no real impact on gameplay outside of narrow events.

    And when it does impact us in a way that is noticeable... it's typically negative, because we failed due to everyone ignoring an event. Or because of no Ingress Report, people didn't even realise it was happening or how it worked.

  • GridEXEGridEXE ✭✭✭✭

    The Ingress Report was part of the story. It was a digest of what was going on and ugh the absence really has messed up communication within the world.

  • PerringaidenPerringaiden ✭✭✭✭✭

    Maybe "lore" would have been a better word. The part of the IR that I always watched was the game updates and the Agent stories.

  • Yeah...the story's a bit of a mess, now that the "parallel universes" card has been played.

    Laser-focusing on that at the expense of things that the Ingress Report used to highlight (the players) is a poor choice.

  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭

    Without a doubt the Ingress Report had been one of the most engaging parts of the game.

    And the game needs to have this come back

  • I ask for this each time Niantic sends me a survey.

  • I retired for a while and now find getting back into the story is harder than it's ever been, which surprised me, since I thought we did a big reset.

  • I do also miss Ingress Report; while I did not quite watch every single IR, it was personally significantly more interesting than the recent lore videos.

  • They may have killed off Suzanna Moyer in the old lore, but we’re in the multi universe now and Niantic could bring back Suzanna again even if it’s not Ione Butler playing the role again. We have new actors taking over older roles, so it wouldn’t hurt to have a new Suzanna. But yes, having the Ingress Report back would be great! They did a great job with the editing and narrative of the reporting of the Anomalies and other events.

  • It doesn't have to be ione or even the Susanna Moyer character, although that worked well. I've had this conversation with many older players who really miss having a regular report that helps bridge the gap between storyline and lore and the players who just want plain English goals.

    The exposure the report brought to big ops and wonderful things agents do was invaluable for creating excitement.

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