Peridot, Niantic’s AR-Based Pet Simulation Game, Launches Today #GeekLeap

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is launching its first new IP in a decade: Peridot. The AR-focused, location-based pet simulator is out immediately for iOS and Android, and it appears to be an enormous technological leap from Niantic’s earlier AR and location-based endeavors.

Peridot places every participant answerable for a Peridot (or Dot), a cute and legendary creature that may be raised from a child to an grownup. Gamers pet, play with, stroll, and prepare their Dot, every of which has its personal utterly distinctive look and “DNA” of types. Like a little bit Tamagotchi, Dots can categorical their wants for meals and stimulation, and can develop as these wants are met.

Utilizing Niantic’s Lightship platform, Dots may also dynamically work together with the actual world, as not like earlier Niantic endeavors, the sport is totally in AR. Dots are capable of differentiate between totally different sorts of terrain, totally different objects, and even different people and animals. Their actions in AR, at the least from company-provided footage, additionally appear to be much more clever than what we have seen with Pokemon Go, with Dots transferring realistically round obstacles and throughout distances. In my early hands-on time with Peridot, I’ve seen Dots leap onto chairs, desks, transfer behind furnishings, chase balls beneath the sofa, and even sit in a colleague’s open arms.

Other than elevating Dots, one of many primary targets of Peridot is to “diversify the species” by breeding grownup Dots with these of different gamers to create new Dots with new units of distinctive DNA. Dots may be bred by working along with different gamers utilizing Niantic’s social app, Campfire, to attach with different gamers and their Dots. Uncommon traits may be unlocked by way of numerous means, and Dots can tackle totally different archtypes resembling legendary creatures and actual animals, with new archtypes to be launched throughout in-game occasions. Nonetheless, whereas Peridot is free to play, it does price actual cash to hatch every new Dot – you want an merchandise known as a “Nest” that prices $4.99. It’s unclear if gamers will be capable to purchase free Nests by way of occasions or different actions sooner or later.

Moreover, Peridot will embrace a function known as Amazon Wherever, which integrates Amazon procuring to buy Peridot merchandise in the actual world by way of an in-game retailer.

Lengthy-term, Niantic says its imaginative and prescient is to launch Peridot not simply on cell units, however finally on future AR {hardware}, together with wearable MR or AR glasses. Peridot is now accessible for obtain on iOS and Android units.

Rebekah Valentine is a information reporter for IGN. You’ll find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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