Ingress Insights: Core-Shell Avatars
We're excited to announce a new series of avatars for agent customization in Ingress 2.39. These simple shapes were inspired by visual design from Scanner [Redacted] combined with complex XM colors and textures made possible by the Prime system.
Each core-shell combination was designed with a different inspiration in mind. We're exploring how the avatar represents the self––is it physically you? Or is it an entity that mirrors you?
The glowing core and polygonal shell go together hand-in-hand, breathing with life. Without a core, the shell cannot function. We drew inspiration from cyberpunk literature. Perhaps you are the core and the shell represents the ways in which you interact with and affect the physical world around you.
To update your avatar core, visit your agent profile, then tap the avatar in the profile header to enter the customization screen, where new core-shell designs can be purchased.
The XM contained in the avatars consists of four different color/shape variations and can visually change when near portals:
- Spiritualist: Rings of energy born and die for eternity. Composed of newly discovered compounds similar to Pure XM. They create an infinite of possibilities to the ever-changing avatar core. The resonating nature of the rings gives off a balanced feeling.
- Skeptic: A drop of water in an ocean of undiscovered data. As you approach a portal, the core reacts. Is it trying to tell you something?
- Alchemist: Aether taken from the center of a portal. We discovered it was teeming with energy from the Jarvis virus. Approaching Enlightened portals will cause it to react.
- Dreamer: Core consisting of a jelly-like sphere of liquid. Ingredients unknown. The color of the shell is reminiscent of the original prime avatar. Unlike other avatars, the core and shell of the dreamer remains the same color. If we accept that the core controls the shell, then the orange shell must be a product of the blue and green dots in the core.
We look forward to your feedback, and seeing how agents interact with these new designs.