Niantic Chat Closed Beta
Our top goal is to grow the global Ingress community and encourage more Agents to play Ingress. Ingress is the Agents, and we build Ingress for the Agents. For existing Agents, we prioritized bringing back live ops that Agents can look forward to by publishing our July-Sept Season Calendar in advance, and easing our way back into distributed live events through Second Sundays and NL-1331X meetups. For new players, we’ve started multiple rounds of experiments to the New Agent Tutorial to learn how best to introduce new recruits to Ingress, and teach them about the game over time.
This all leads back to the Agent community. I believe one of the best ways we can grow and connect the global Agent base is by integrating an upcoming Niantic Lightship social feature into Ingress. We started our Niantic Chat Closed Beta with Vanguards and XM Ambassadors, and over the next several months, we’ll be opening up Closed Beta to more folks.
Niantic Chat complements COMM and the Forum by enabling Agents to join and create their own public or private groups directly from Ingress, no app-switching required. Agents can coordinate events, farms, or meetups with reminders pinned to the Niantic Chat world map. And Agents can optionally choose to temporarily share their location with their groups to help with coordinating ops.
Niantic Chat will change and evolve quickly during Closed Beta. While we’re eager to add more Agents, we’re doing so in multiple waves to give us more time to launch and then iterate on Agent feedback and suggestions. The first wave of invites outside of Vanguards and XMAs has now been added. (Please note that Niantic Chat Closed Beta invites will come via [email protected], subject line: Ingress x Niantic Chat Closed Beta.) The next waves of invites to be distributed over several months will include NL-1331X Meet You Out There meetup attendees and C.O.R.E. subscribers. We’ll share more about Niantic Chat here in the Forum soon.
Meet you out there,