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Niantic’s Upcoming Mobile AR Game Peridot Lets You Raise Virtual Pets Tamagotchi Style

After successful partnerships with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company, Niantic has announced a new original IP as its next AR mobile game: Peridot, a game focused on breeding and breeding a unique virtual species. GameSpot recently saw a Niantic presentation explaining the game, and 90s kids will agree that the Tamagotchi vibes are strong here.

Peridot will see players raise fantastical, colorful creatures – the titular Peridot – bringing them into the real world via the game’s AR capabilities. Each Peridot has “its own DNA” according to Niantic, which makes each one unique to the player who the pupil. Peridots will grow from babies to adult adults through daily exploration activities: short daily walks, finding new places, playing with or training the creature, etc.


A Peridot will occasionally search for food while on the move, which leads to one of the most unique features of the game: the creature will recognize the type of terrain under its feet, which will indicate what food it is receiving. Foraging around water, for example, will yield Peridot Kelp, and sand yields Spiky Beets. The scout mechanic doesn’t take the weather into account – a mud field can still be considered “dirt” – but the game’s lead producer, Ziah Fogel, has confirmed that the team is working on features based on the weather. snow for the return of the winter months.

As the Peridot gains experience points through these activities, he will eventually grow into a fully formed adult. After a few days, when the creature has reached adult size, players can start over with a new Peridot through the breeding mechanic: Players bring an Adult Peridot to a specially marked real-world location called a Habitat, choose an Adult Peridot. that resides in this habitat, choose a nest – an element that will play a role in determining the conception of peridot when it is born – and your new peridot will be born.

Also, don’t worry if you become too attached to a particular peridot, as any adult peridot can come to visit you at any time via a special item called a summoning wisp, or you can forego the breeding cycle altogether and keep your adult peridot with you for as long as you want.

Peridot will enter soft launch beta testing in select regions around the world on iOS and Android devices this month. More information about the game can be found on its official website.