Update on Anomalies and Events for 2020
As we’re all aware, these are incredibly challenging times. Through it all, the resiliency and the strong ties within the Ingress community have kept us inspired. Our thoughts go out to every person affected by what’s happening in the world today.
Back in March, we made the difficult decision to postpone our planned live events in 2020 in light of the growing concerns surrounding the global pandemic. During this time, we've had numerous discussions about how events would operate under all of the health and safety measurements we'd take. We reimagined how events can still bring the community together while practicing physical distancing and being safe. After carefully reviewing this ever changing situation, we have decided not to host any Anomaly events in 2020 out of an abundance of caution. Although this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, our top priority remains in the safety and health of our players, staff, and the community.
In the meantime, we’re committed to finding alternatives for new formats of live events that can be played outside safely. In Quarter 3, we’re planning to release Battle Beacon, a Faction versus Faction competitive feature deployed by Agents that can be played at Portals while maintaining physical distance. We’re also exploring Connected Cells using the Regional Scoring feature, and Global Challenges around movement (Trekker) or Missions completed.
When local public gatherings can be managed safely, we will explore resuming small-scale live events with careful planning and promoting healthy practices.
We’ll continue to observe guidelines from global health experts and local authorities, and we encourage all our players to do the same. We look forward to sharing our event plans as they develop. We appreciate all of the feedback and suggestions you’ve shared and continue to share in the Ingress Community Forum. Thank you.
Stay safe and healthy,
— Ingress Events Team