Google is launching the open beta today for its new alternate reality massively mobile game dubbed Ingress. The beta is available now for all Android owners ahead of the December 14 official release.

Google is calling Ingress an “alternate reality” game where users explore new locations in the real world to create portals and hack their enemie's in the alternate one. The two factions at war in Ingress have deep back-stories and battle for their own shadowy causes, as real-world players must work together to link portals all over the globe in a mash-up of a scavenger hunt and capture the flag.

John Hanke, the vice president of developer Niantic Labs says: “the game has become an excuse for people to get out and explore.” Hanke also describes seeing players from the same teams meeting in the street and “bond[ing] over their shared experience in the game”

Ingress will consist of many global campaigns, like the one beginning today. “Project Magnus” kicks off today where players of both factions will try to piece together material to alter the games narrative. “This effort will literally span the globe as Agents from the over 200 countries where Ingress is currently being played cooperate to achieve their goal.” Hanke explained.

Android user can grab Ingress now in open-beta form from the Google Play Website and check out the announcement trailer for Ingress below.

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[Via Gamespot]