Niantic’s new game Peridot gives you VERY CUTE virtual pets – TechCrunch
Remember to take care of your “Nintendogs” on your Nintendo DS? Or maybe you used to bring your Tamogatchi in third year to make sure you can empty your pixelated poo? Pokémon Go creator Niantic brings the same energy to its next augmented reality mobile game Peridot.
Peridots (or dots for short) are virtual, magical pets that look like counterfeit Pokémon (but in a good way?). The object of the game is to care for your Peridot from infancy to adulthood, feeding it and taking it on real-world walks. In line with Niantic’s push for a “real-world metaverse,” your Peridot may ask you to take a walk to a nearby point of interest or find a specific type of food. Niantic says that when playing with your Peridot in camera-based AR, your Dot will be able to distinguish between different types of terrain, such as grass, sand, water, or dirt. Depending on where you are, your point will get different types of items, encouraging users to search for a variety of places to play.
Each peridot is unique, sporting different personalities, visual appearances, likes, dislikes and abilities. Niantic has created a breeding system, which it says is “modeled after how DNA works in real life, [blending] the best of handcrafted access and procedural generation. Players are incentivized to level up their Dots once they reach adulthood to unlock different Dots archetypes, like “Unicorn”, “Peacock”, “Cheetah”, “Aries”, “Rabbit” or “Clownfish” . To spawn, players must visit specific points of interest (perhaps like a Gym in Pokémon Go).
Most recently, Niantic released the Pikmin Bloom game in October, which is an equally wholesome journey that invites you to walk alongside your floral seedling crew. Shortly after, the company shut down its Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game, but other properties like its flagship Pokémon Go remain huge money makers for the AR developer, bringing in over $1 billion. dollars of in-app purchases last year. In November, Niantic commented in a blog post that it had nine games and apps in the development pipeline, including Transformers: heavy metala game that will allow users to fight giant robots (maybe not as wholesome as Peridot).
Peridot will begin soft launch beta testing in select markets on the App Store and Google Play this month. Watch a trailer for Niantic’s new Peridot game here: