What would you like to see in your Ingress Scanner 2.0 when it comes out?
Creating hype and handing all of this to Niantic for consideration is the aim of the authors.
ADVISORY: This series of posts is a wishlist and it only speculates about hypothetical (yet very useful) upcoming features which won’t be necessarily included in a “real” release. What’s presented herein and in future related posts may or may not get noticed and adopted. Having said that, read on.
Hello, Agents. Minor and major features have been added to the Scanner as the game itself evolved. From the old school FPS count, the static Deploy and Mod screen, to the latest addition: multi-recycle. Much of this has been added by public input and suggestion. So we introduce you to a new form of wish list, talking about features we think they should be in next Niantic’s super-release. Agents @Roby65 and @keijo will walk you through.
Today’s Episode: The Explorer/Pioneer Portal Card Beacons
If you’re a hardcore hacker, you have probably passed by the same Portals over and over. Perhaps you even have a farm with fellow Agents you visit frequently. But, what if the Scanner had an extra notification to indicate if haven’t hacked or captured that Portal at least once? What would that alert look like?
Below the Portal Key icon, there could be two squares which indicate our status regarding the Portal, whether we already hacked or captured it, at least once. If the Portal has been already hacked/captured, these will disappear, meaning the hack/capture actions have already counted for the medal, or vice-versa, showing up if we already hacked/captured it:
On a different approach, the beacons would appear near the corresponding Portal buttons, to help new players easily understand the concept:
This feature would come up very handy for Agents particularly in high Portal density areas; how easy is it to miss a group of unvisited Portals for whatever reason? By having the Explorer/Pioneer beacons, one could quickly tell if the cluster up front is missing a Portal or two for “The Badges”.
Stay tuned for our next release!