Niantic Chat v1.3.1 Coming Soon! | What's New and What to Expect
We will be releasing the latest version of Niantic Chat this week, so we wanted to share the upcoming changes and how they will impact the Closed Beta.
Niantic Chat as a shared experience across multiple games
Niantic Chat has been accessible via Ingress (Closed Beta) as well as CATAN - World Explorers for the past two months. And while you could access Niantic Chat from either game, the experiences did not overlap, so Ingress players could not interact with players or content from CATAN, nor could CATAN players see all of the groups and events you’ve created within Ingress. This latest update will bring Ingress and CATAN players together so that both games will have a shared Niantic Chat experience: Ingress players will see public CATAN groups, events, and content, and vice versa.
How does this affect the Closed Beta?
With last week’s news about CATAN - World Explorers winding down, we plan to welcome the CATAN Explorers that are already using Niantic Chat to the Ingress Closed Beta. In doing so, they can continue to manage and communicate with their Niantic Chat groups even after CATAN has sunsetted, and also be introduced (or re-introduced) to the global Ingress communities and events you have already created within Niantic Chat.
Introducing Niantic Username
Your username and display name are currently one and the same, but this week’s update will introduce Niantic Username as your unique identity and will be separated from your display name. Your Niantic Username is currently defaulted to the username you selected when you first logged into Niantic Chat. However, we recognize that some of you may want to change your usernames now that Niantic Chat is a cross-game experience, so we will be offering Ingress players the opportunity for a one-time username change. We will be following up with more information in the coming weeks, but if you’d like to keep using the Niantic Username you have already selected, then there’s no action required.
Integrating Niantic Friends
Add and remove friends from your Niantic Friends List directly from Niantic Chat! Note: your Niantic Username will be how you appear on the Niantic Friends List, so please keep this in mind when choosing a unique username.
With your feedback, we have decided to wait on adding the next wave of Ingress Closed Beta participants until we have built out some more features including real-time location updates, more moderation tools, Direct Messaging (DM), and Group Messaging. We thank you all for your feedback and patience throughout this Closed Beta - more to come soon!