Niantic, the developer behind the popular mobile game Pokemon GO, has announced a new tool called Niantic Wayfarer, which will let its players review interesting places around the globe where you can play the company's games. Yes, plural.
"With Niantic Wayfarer, eligible players will be able to review nominations of local points-of-interest (museums, art installations, historical markers, etc.) so they can be added to Niantic products (e.g. Portals, PokeStops and Gyms). We value your perspective in helping us make our game experiences more meaningful", the company wrote.
In practice, players nominate and review others' suggestions, so the best nominations are likely to prevail. The dev's troubles with have obviously made them extra careful, so some limitations like 'no private property' apply.
Unfortunately, the app will initially roll out for Ingress only, but Pokemon GO trainers should be getting their mitts on it before the end of 2019.
The idea for Niantic Wayfarer apparently stems from Operation Portal Recon, where Ingress agents got to nominate and review Portals, enriching their gameplay experience. It's pretty clear why Ingress is getting it first, but the app has undeniable potential so it will be worth the wait.
We're saying that for more than a single reason, as the app not only has great educational and/or fun potential for Pokemon GO players, it also makes Niantic's work a bit easier.
Namely, Niantic teamed up with UN last year on promotion of tourism, which is not something you commonly hear about video games, so it's only natural to allow users to plant their landmarks. According to the deal, "Niantic will be curating unique campaigns to foster exploration and build awareness of destinations around the world."
Niantic didn't provide the exact launch date for Wayfarer, but the worst-case scenario is still just a couple of months. Ingress players are likely to report on their experiences, thought, so we more soon either way.