The series is based on Niantic’s original mobile phone augmented reality game, which launched in 2013 and has been downloaded by over 20 million users.
The game was a pre-cursor to Niantic’s wildly popular Pokemon Go, which has earned nearly $2 billion since it was released in 2016.
The storyline for Ingress: The Animation will overlap with the ongoing narrative of the video game, as well as introducing the upcoming sequel Ingress Prime.
It takes place in a universe where exotic matter is leaking into the world through portals, granting people special abilities, and the show will focus on two characters, Makoto and Sarah, with the former able to touch things and see their history, and the latter able to see certain aspects of time and space.
“There will be familiar characters and situations that have become famous in the game, but they will be experienced through a fresh interpretation with new characters, new actors,” said John Hanke of developers Niantic. “Think of it like a reboot of a superhero franchise.”
The voice cast for the Japanese version of Ingress: The Animation will include Yoshiki Nakajima as Makoto, Reina Ueda as Sarah, Shigeo Kiyama as new character Jack and Megumi Ogata as ADA, an AI entity in the series. The English voice cast is yet to be announced.
Both Ingress: The Animation and Ingress Prime are expected to launch in October.
Animation studio Crafter will make the series, under the direction of noted computer-graphics artist Yuhei Sakuragi. Neon Genesis Evangelion’s art director Takeshi Honda will oversee the character design.
The launch of the series on Netflix will be timed to the release of the Ingress Prime update for the game that was the forerunner to Pokemon Go. Fuji invested in Niantic before the Google spinout launched Pokemon Go in 2016.