Niantic announces Peridot, a new AR sim game for pets

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Niantic has announced its latest game in development, a new IP called Peridot. This new AR title is a pet simulation game in which players will raise and train multiple generations of companion animals called Peridots or ‘Dots’.

In the world of the game, Dots are a small type of creature that has awakened after thousands of years of standing still. People need to help them adapt to the new world. These tiny creatures are on the brink of extinction, so it’s vital that we breed Peridots to both continue the species and diversify its DNA. So when you play Peridot, you’ll be caring for, raising, and eventually breeding a range of small, four-legged fantasy creatures.

According to Niantic, every Dot is unique. They look different and each has a specific set of personality traits, likes and dislikes. An archetype and DNA system influence their creation, although Peridots seem to maintain a basic form: four legs and huge eyes. The game encourages you to find new archetypes while exploring.

As with Pokémon Go, Peridot has an AR element. It is powered by Niantic’s Lightship ARDK technology. Creatures will interact with the world around them, and the game encourages you to take them on an exploration. This satisfies its food and exercise needs, and also fulfills Niantic’s internal mission of getting its human users outside and moving. Dots will find different types of food or items depending on the type of location they are in.

When your Peridot is an adult, you can breed it with other Dots (presumably either wild Dots you find and those of another user). Players do this at Habitats, specific locations in the world such as Pokéstops, by foraging nearby Nests. Once the breeding takes place, where two Dots float in the air together, the player immediately gets the progeny. Players can breed for different qualities and looks.

Niantic kicks off a soft launch for beta testing this month. Peridot is launching in select markets, with more to be added as testing and iteration continues.

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