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Pokemon GO Developer Niantic Announces New AR Game Peridot

Pokemon GO Developer Niantic Announces New AR Game Peridot

The developer of the hit Pokémon GO mobile game, Niantic, has unveiled a new AR pet game, and this time, there’s no Nintendo IP in sight. In fact, Peridot is the first Niantic original in quite some time.

Peridot looks like a Tamagotchi-style pet care game for your smartphone. In it, you’ll be tasked with raising the titular magical creatures from birth to adulthood, during which time they’ll explore the real world together (courtesy of Niantic’s special proprietary AR sauce), play games together, and “work with other players.” to diversify their species.

The related blog post is pretty light on details, but there is an official teaser video that gives an idea of ​​what to expect.

Peridot will soon enter a soft launch testing phase in select markets.

In a post-lockdown world where pet ownership is on the rise, it’s either the perfect time or you’ve just missed the boat. It will be fascinating to see what turns out to be the case.

After Pokémon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and Pikmin Bloom, Niantic seems to have become a specialist in turning major IPs into smart social AR-based mobile games.

However, it’s easy to forget that their first two releases were original products. Niantic’s first jam was actually a non-gaming app called Field Trip, which used your location to provide an original guide to the world around you.

Then there was the company’s first move into augmented reality-enhanced, location-based games with the cult hit Ingress, which showcased many of the ingredients that would make Pokémon GO a smash hit, but with an ongoing narrative of Science fiction. of cute fantasy creatures.

The next two games, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Pikmin Bloom, haven’t had the same impact on the zeitgeist, so it will be interesting to see how Peridot fares.

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