Peridot is the new game from Pokemon Go developer Niantic

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Pokemon Go! was a global phenomenon and years later the hype has waned, but it has maintained a healthy player base and is regularly updated. Developer Niantic is ready to move on as they announced their next game, Peridot.

The game is Niantic’s latest foray into mobile AR gaming. The game features magical creatures called “peridots” or dots for short, and where Pokemon Go! was all about capturing and battling monsters, Peridot seems to be taking the Tamagotchi approach by emphasizing breeding and caring for the creatures you collect instead of fighting.

Once you have collected your Peridotplayers will be tasked with raising said magical creature to adulthood, with the game’s goal of nurturing your digital pet by feeding it good food, taking it for walks, and interacting with it.

Developers Niantic also said that your digital friend will be able to distinguish features in your surroundings, they can tell the difference between, for example, grass, water, and sand, and will react differently to those places. Some peridots may prefer different locations and may possibly benefit from, for example, trips to the beach or dinners at your favorite ice cream shop.

Each creature will be unique. Featuring different personalities, likes and dislikes as well as their own unique appearances. The game will also feature a breeding system that Niantic says is “modeled after how DNA works in real life, blending the best of hand-created access and procedural generation.”

Once you’ve successfully raised a creature to adulthood, you’ll be rewarded with new types of creatures to raise, grow, and breed by creating even more unique Peridots to show off to your friends, via the in-game social networking features that allow you to interact and share your Peridots adventures with your friends.

Here is a trailer:

Peridot will launch in a beta phase later this month for the Apple App Store and Google Play, with pre-registration currently available on Niantic’s website.

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