September 2014 - July 2015
Poor Thing Never Made It Out Of Development
Developed in a partnership with James Frey, author of the Endgame Series, players join twelve teams and participate in the interactive story. Gameplay was supposed to include player-vs-player features.
September 2012 - July 2019
Niantic's Original Product
The application was a virtual tour guide that recommended nearby landmarks and other points of interest. Field Trip paved the way for the games that followed.
November 2012 - September 2019
Can Only Be Revived By Love's First Kiss
Ingress has been compared to geocaching and capture the flag. Players are called “agents” and have to choose to join one of two teams called “factions” to compete in regions called “cells” by drawing triangles called “fields” to influence the populations living under those fields called “mind units.”
July 2020 - November 2021
Died In Beta
The gameplay was like Pokemon Go, but you had to collect brick, lumber, grain, ore, and wool.
June 2019 - January 2022
The gameplay was like Pokemon Go, but with dementors.
June 2020 - June 2022
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio
A partnership between Niantic and immersive theater company Punchdrunk that promised to, “lead to new advances in tech-empowered audience experience that will redefine gaming, inspiring audiences for generations to come.”
??? - June 2022
Not Gonna Clear Up
On June 29, 2022 it was leaked to the press that Blue Sky was among four projects being killed by Niantic.
??? - June 2022
On June 29, 2022 it was leaked to the press that Snowball was among four projects being killed by Niantic.
June 2021 - June 2022
Right In The AllSpark
In a completely original concept, you use your cellphone to collect giant robots and have them battle other giant robots for control of points of interest in the real world.
October 2022 - January 2023
They're Always After Me Lucky Charms
In what could only be described as an absolutely groundbreaking partnership, General Mills and Niantic really outdid themselves with this one. Who would have thought that a breakfast cereal could be the key to unlocking the future of augmented reality gaming?
June 2022 - June 2023
Missed The Basket
Someone thought kids today needed to play one-on-one basketball in an AR simulation instead of on the court. Like a real NBA All-Star, you wandered your neighborhood, searching for sneakers and other gear drops, while playing mini-games.
September 2022 - June 2023
It’s a relief that we weren’t the interns assigned to replace all the Harry Potter images in the source code with X-Men. It was a huge year for Niantic as they secured two major deals with the NBA and Disney. Niantic only had to deliver a quality and bug-free video game to the public. The marketing video showcased three kids who develop superpowers and begin fighting.
May 2022 - Not Dead Yet
After locking down the markets for virtual pets and imaginary sky triangles, Niantic needed a new market to enter. Their executives had never heard of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Discord, Slack, or Telegram. So they decided to build on the success of the Comm feature in Ingress and created their own social network.
June 2022 - Not Dead Yet
uni apps morghūlis
Maybe we’re giving Niantic too much credit because it will be Warner Bros. Discovery who decides to pull the plug on this one. WB licensed Lightship from Niantic to build this dragon-themed virtual Tamagotchi game. You get a dragon egg, you hatch it, you speak Valyrian to it, you cry when the app stops working because you got attached to your dragon friend and they shut down the servers, etc …
November 2012 - Not Dead Yet
Limping Towards Death
Ingress has been compared to geocaching and capture the flag. Players are called “agents” and have to choose to join one of two teams called “factions” to compete in regions called “cells” by drawing triangles called “fields” to influence the populations living under those fields called “mind units.” Following the success of Pokémon Go, Niantic knew that the community wanted flashier graphics and CPU-intensive animations that would drain their batteries faster than ever before, and Ingress Prime was born.
April 2023 - Not Dead Yet
Not A Bad Idea
Capcom announced its partnership with Niantic to create an AR version of Monster Hunter. While some may be skeptical of the collaboration, it’s worth noting that Niantic has plenty of experience in adapting Japanese video games that involve hunting monsters. They should be able to get 90% of the way there by applying this regular expression s/sneakers/weapons/ against the NBA All-World codebase. Can Niantic screw it up? We have faith they will. But, if we’re being fair, Monster Hunter is a good fit for Niantic.
April 2022 - Not Dead Yet
Wants Ingress' Parking Space
Niantic’s first wholly-owned property since Ingress. You raise imaginary creatures from birth to adulthood and work with other players to diversify their species.
April 2021 - Not Dead Yet
Stepping Towards Eternal Sleep
Niantic partnered with Nintendo to develop a game that’s not much more than a pedometer. A cute pedometer. A cute pedometer that has reportedly delayed the delivery of notifications like SMS messages since the beta.
July 2016 - Not Dead Yet
Money Printer Go BRRR