Dev Diary: Kinetic Capsule
One of Niantic’s core pillars is to help people get more exercise, and Ingress Agents are always on the move to explore, make new friends, and help improve the Portal Network. Previously, Agents were rewarded for the distance they walked through the Trekker medal and Distance Walked Agent Stat. Today, we introduced the Kinetic Capsule to give Agents even more reasons to move.
The Kinetic Capsule is a forging container that can craft items through Agent-powered movement, like walking or running. At launch, there are 4 discovered or known Programs that Agents can use to craft the following Very Rare items:
All Agents Level 6 or higher can claim 1 free Common Kinetic Capsule through the item Store (limit 1 per Agent). In the future, we may introduce Rare or Very Rare Kinetic Capsule variants that are consumed with use over time. Additionally, we plan to introduce new Programs or temporary Programs that can be discovered by Agents.
Although Adventure Sync has not been added to Ingress, we have also made improvements to how distance walked is calculated consistent with other Niantic games (when Adventure Sync is disabled).
Please note that there’s a daily distance limit of 40km per day towards Kinetic Capsules (almost the equivalent to running 1 marathon every day). If an Agent has walked more than 40km in the last 24 hours, then the RUN button will be temporarily disabled to prevent starting a new Program. A Kinetic Capsule that is already running will continue to work, and this daily distance limit doesn’t affect Trekker or the Distance Walked Agent Stat.
As an intern, spending this past summer with the Ingress team has been an amazing experience. Not only have I had the chance to learn from talented individuals, I’ve also been introduced to an incredibly dedicated player community unlike any other I’ve seen in my life. I hope this feature is able to positively impact your Agent experience.
— Sriram Balachandran, UCLA Class of 2022