Is story over?
So after Tesallation happened, there was Covid, which stopped any story happening...
But even now that Covid is over (at least I hope it is), it doesn't seem like story is continuing. Lot of players left the game (I am based in Ireland now, and I think that is mostly Resistance left here, almost no frogs, we can't even put FS together anymore) and it seems like Niantic doesn't really care... I know there are some smaller events planned, but it still feels like they are letting game die...
What are your thoughts about that?
I don't remember being able to catch up with stories since before Prime released, and I believe most non-Native English speakers would say the same. Indeed they did new stories but those were isolated from player experience. They made the tesallation but it was half over by the time my language's community got the announcement, with translation for the rules but not the lores within.
Another problem is that new players have no way to figue out the previous storyline. The odd twitter & blog & community thing made the long-term storyline inaccesible. Like, when I looked up PAC's investigation website I knew some fragment about Hank Johnson reading the Necronomicon in Myscatonic's library, and something called Techtulhu, but with no cause or effect or any connection to other stories. The story lacks both accesibility to newcomers and it's own continuity. You tried to soft-reboot, but excactly how many players really have a sense of what they were doing to Carrie Campbell at Cassandra Prime? I know there's the Tesallation, right, but how can we access it now? And where was the expected community localization project?
Please Niantic, we need those youtube and twitter exclusive contents shown and explained in both announcements and the gameplay, timelines for newcomers sorted out (and localized for the best) (selling old badges won't help!), otherwise the efforts you put into stories and performers become nothing but embarrassment. Many of the players came for the erlier ARG and storyline, the idea of uniting to save humanity's future. Please don't let them down. (If the answer is no, just tell me what Techthulu is… Been wondering that for years.)
A lot of sites containing (parts of) backstory are down, but you might be able to get the story if you go through Youtube videos. I am slowly figting through them, as well as reading those 4 ingress "books", containing a lot of background material.
But yes you are right, getting backstory is harder than it should be... Its actually so hard that most of new people just don't bother...
Too bad, because backstory is what makes Ingress expirence something special... at least it did it for me.
@NianticBrian and @NianticThia are basically getting the story back up and running again.
There is supposed to be some new story coming out after the MZFPK Anomaly
Thank you for your understanding. I'm going over the Youtube videos and have always hated when they have only 1k or even less views. I love those actresses and actors, and they really deserve better than this. Actually, with all these stories Ingress itself deserves better, rather than the constant "dead game" jokes heard from local agents.
@DarthRL I was looking through one of the topics in this group and I found what Techthulu means. If you look at https://ingress.mkvs.it/category/riassunti/ and there is blog entry called Niantic Sourcebook, you will find description there... Site is in italian but google translate works quite good there...
Thanks! The author and you are both amazing XD