Niantic seems to be working on a brand-new (AR?) game

Last Updated on February 19, 2022 by Anastasios Antoniadis

Many gamers think of Niantic as Pokemon Go, an AR mobile game that is a huge success. The company is a veteran in AR game development, and it seems like they are planning something new.

Ingress was Niantic's first mobile augmented reality game. Niantic would use it to bring Pokemon GO to fruition. The company is still working on Pokemon GO, but it has also developed other games like Pikmin Bloom, launched last year.

Niantic has many active games under its belt and is actively looking for talent to create its next game. Niantic, a London-based developer, has revealed that it is seeking a Senior System Designer to help craft the gameplay systems for a new game. Although the job listing does not reveal much about the game, clues are scattered throughout the posting.

Niantic is looking for developers who have experience or interest in AR games and geolocation technology. This indicates that its next big title will likely follow the same guidelines as the previous ones. The listing clearly states that the company makes games that focus on socializing and real-world exploration. Other requirements include:

  • Designing mobile games and optimizing them.
  • Working with Unity.
  • Specific experience with free-to-play game models.

Although the game's subject matter remains unknown, it seems like it will feature many of the same mechanics as Pokémon GO and possibly some geolocation functionality.

Although Niantic's CEO is concerned about the metaverse, the gaming company plans to use augmented reality. Niantic's users have been a hit game mechanic to overlay a video game on top of the natural world using their phones. This allows them to find legendary beasts from The Wizarding World, corral Pikmin, and catch Pokemon.

The AR formula has not been successful in every game Niantic has made. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was closed less than three years after being launched. It may still succeed with its next game, though, since it was the developer behind one of the most essential gaming phenomenons of 2010.