|What is the Niantic Project?||Investigation|
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In an out-of-universe context, the organization behind the leaks is NianticLabs, a division of Google previously responsible for the creation of Field Trip, a geo-aware “guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you.” Two weeks in to this ARG, NianticLabs released their second application, Ingress. This massively multiplayer augmented reality game sees players in two factions fighting for territorial control of the planet, focused around real-world monuments and landmarks designated as “portals”. The Niantic Project ARG and Ingress serve as complements to each other in the full story behind the Niantic Project.
As our investigation spans a variety of different websites and media types, we have broken down our findings into several categories for organizational purposes. Some of the larger pieces have been further split into their own pages for better documentation.
In order to faciliate our investigation of the Niantic Project, we have established communications via IRC channels on irc.irchighway.net.
If you are using Mibbit, please connect to webchat.irchighway.net instead of irc.irchighway.net, or your connection will fail! Additionally, please refrain from contacting IRCHighWay staff about invites or Mibbit issues.
Discussion channel: Our primary IRC channel is located at irc.irchighway.net #niantic. Please try to keep the discussion in this channel on-topic - we do not have invites to give out.
Investigation channel: Our puzzle-solving/investigation channel is irc.irchighway.net #niantic2.
Invites channel: For invites, please visit the irc.irchighway.net #invites channel. Googlers are there and occasionally issue challenges for getting invites.
Verum Inveniri: The only official Niantic project IRC room. Used by the group Verum Inveniri mainly during their puzzles http://chat.mibbit.com/?channel=%23veruminveniri&server=webchat.irchighway.net.
(Some updates may be found on the Timeline page.)
Speculation is encouraged - just don't write it down as fact. Use a speculation page if you'd like to share your ideas and theories with others.