Niantic Labs, the startup division within Google (s GOOG), is launching a line of ebooks based on its augmented reality, massive multiplayer online video game Ingress. Ingress, an Android game that launched last November, is invite-only and currently in beta.
Publishers Lunch reported on Friday that the Ingress tie-in ebooks will be part of a line called “The Alignment.” They’re written by Thomas Greanias, who also wrote the New York Times bestselling trilogies “Raising Atlantis” and “Dominium Dei.” The first book, The Alignment: Ingress, will be available in the Google Play store on April 2 and will then be released to other digital bookstores.
The books will tie into the games and feature embedded codes and other perks for players. According to Publishers Lunch, the books will be “co-published by Niantic and his own @tlantis Books,” and print versions may follow the digital versions.
Niantic Labs is also behind a number of other projects, including Google’s new Field Trip app.