New features to lure new agents and keep existing agents around
I want to start with, I'm a pandemic Agent, I started playing at some point last year when Pokémon go got stale for me, (I've since gotten back into it) and I've always been somewhat of a solo player in all Niantic games. Remember that last part for later, that's important
I had started ingress up a long time ago, in 2013 maybe 2014 on my first smart phone. I didn't really understand what I was looking for at the time or that I needed to move IRL in order to move in the game. but I was in love with the idea of it immediately. a few years later Pokémon go caused tremors of footfall when everybody went outside to catch Pokémon in the real world.
I had had a few ups and downs with Pokémon go but generally I was a daily player, usually I still am. there is usually some time or another when I can figure out something to do while I wait or sometimes ill even play for a chunk of the day if I'm really feeling GBL battles, which brings me closer to my point.
In the beginning Niantic had a lot of promises to fulfil based on the trailer it put out initially. from release in 2016 to now the game has changed so much. Albeit a lot of the features suffer from bugs for some users or even more widespread but the game is a lot closer to what was promised than where it was. not gonna lie, Pokémon go had monetary transactions almost from the very beginning so its no wonder its had as much attention in the Niantic viewpoint.
That was a lot about Pokémon, I know but hear me out to the end, please.
Niantic, at least as long I've been playing Ingress, has had some awesome features that I wish could be in Pokémon go. Especially with the introduction to lightship and Niantic social, both of those features are going to one day be amazing in building the AR Metaverse that Niantic has been talking about. Pokémon go has needed a chat/social platform the second that raids came out.
I want to talk about the other side of that coin, things that Pokémon go has that I think ingress would benefit from. the very first thing that comes to mind is quests. (not to be confused with ingress' missions)
Having a daily task or even a list of task to complete for the day or the week made Pokémon go fun again, it changed the game from something that I just picked up when I was out in the city to something I could get into and have fun playing everyday. sure there are medals you can make progress on all the time on ingress but its not the same, pogo has both, pogo has a lot of medals. Giving agents daily "ops" could give mods or gear, that would help newer players and keep older players engaged with the routine of it, a lot of my fellow faction agents don't really play the game for much else other than remote glyph hacking due to the pandemic and such. plus quests for AR scanning is in POGO too, why couldn't there be scanning 'ops'?
If agents scan enough portals to be trusted with the lightship enhanced scanner why couldn't there be a little more incentive to do so. For example like how Pokémon go has team go rocket members that rotate in and out of pokestops,
"[REDACTED] has begun taking over portals world wide Agent! keep your wits about you as you face this new challenge. Its time to Log in."
have agents scan portals that are corrupted with a new form of dark xm to study it and in doing so the agent unlocks that portal to be used as normal.
personally I would like if the corruption could happen to any portal, the game board is too easily dominated on a local level. players are able to take control of large amounts of the local area, and as soon as its broken, they have enough gear and keys to just knock it down and set it back up again. making it hard for newer players to get into the game when everywhere they would be is under a gigantic field. these corrupted portals could produce more of a challenge for those veteran players that like to keep their big fields and give newer players the chance to be able to field in closer areas as well. there could be some kind of rare mod that aids in keeping your fields corruption free as well.
When team go rocket was first introduced to POGO I had to see what it was all about, save the shadow Pokémon from team rocket, purify, etc. It was awesome, there was a reason to go out and spend some time tracking down and fighting team rocket with my arsenal of Pokémon. Truly a childhood dream come true. but from a gamer point of view it became something that any player could enjoy. I was already ready for grunts and only the boss Giovanni gave me any real challenge (at least when he first came out) but then as I still ran into people playing at the time. newer trainers had a harder time with it, they didn't know the type advantages for each Pokémon, I was a nerd, I have played Pokémon since i was very young. So when people asked me what they should use against this leader or what works well against this type of Pokémon or that, I was excited to be able to share what I knew with someone who was just starting to be interested in Pokémon.
I got to be on the other side of the fence with Ingress when another agent explained glyph hacking to me. I didn't know anything about it and it felt like a hidden secret because it doesn't really show you how to glyph hack in game. at least not to my knowledge. once I started glyph hacking I got really into it, learning what certain glyphs meant, tagging my workspace or notebooks with glyphs when listening to phone calls, the list goes on. You can spend nearly a life time learning and getting proficient at Pokémon battling and/or glyph hacking but Pokémon battles are used for more than just team rocket, they use the same system for the pvp system. So one learned skill with multiple applications. With Ingress it is just glyph hacking, that's all.
It would be awesome to see glyphs implemented in other ways, maybe something as simple as free glyph hack battle beacons. or something more direct like maybe it could be mod. you can lock your portal down so that its impervious to xmp or ultra strikes unless an agent cracks the glyph codes to release it. it could even evolve into something amazing with the power of lightship, imagine the AR experience of having a glyph battle against another agent over a portal. it would be like the ingress anime.
Alright, I could go into some other ideas with drones and other ideas about how to put more lore and story into the day to day gameplay but ill save it for later, please if anybody has other ideas. let me read them, Let Niantic read them. share this if you want.
Lets build the AR Metaverse, for all of us!
See you out there!