A new AR pet sim game called Peridot has been released by Niantic. This is the studio’s first original game since Ingress in 2014.
In recent years, Niantic’s business approach has gotten quite monotonous, drowning us in a never-ending flood of subpar games that try to imitate Pokémon Go’s popularity with other current IPs.
The first original Niantic augmented reality game since the launch of Ingress (now changed to Ingress Prime), which came before Pokémon Go, is Peridot, which was released today.
Peridot is the first game from Niantic to be focused on the future rather than the past, even though it is very obviously a Niantic game and draws on gameplay concepts developed over the last seven years across its various products.
Similar to Pokémon Go, Peridot is focused on the in-game critters you’ll catch and interact with using augmented reality. In the video we took, which you can see just above, you can see how the gameplay looks.
Each Peridot can exhibit a variety of characteristics, and Niantic estimates that there are more than 2.3 × 1024 different versions of the creatures. It’s unknown at this moment how significant these changes will be in the game, but it’s interesting to know that each monster you come across will be different.
The focus of Peridot’s gameplay is on taking care of your critters rather than engaging in combat. You can hunt, play, train, finish quests, and breed your preferred animals. If Tamagotchis were still popular, I would anticipate the most recent model to resemble Peridot.
With the most recent developments made by its Lightship AR platform, Niantic’s AR technology is in full effect here, enabling creatures to be presented in actual environments for a realistic look and feel.
With the help of AR technology, your surroundings will influence how your Peridots behave, from wandering around objects to having shadows cast on them. Although it isn’t completely seamless, it is a vast improvement over Pokémon Go’s original design.
Although Peridot is a sweet game, it appears that it is using metaverse-related concepts to gain attention. The delight of having a real pet without the mess, according to Niantic, is what comes with owning a Peridot. Can you picture having Peridots instead of cats? Most likely not.
By breeding existing Peridots, you can create new ones; this is when the game’s microtransactions first appear. A Nest is required to hatch a new Peridot, and one costs $4.99.
Also, you can buy Sundrops, cosmetics, and toys (which break). Your Peridot needs Sundrops in order to find a partner. Even though I would have expected some in-app purchases, which may cost up to $100 each item, almost every aspect of the game is dependent on them.
Even if Peridot isn’t a huge success, Niantic’s first original game in a long time finally demonstrates the ingenuity we anticipated Pokémon Go to spark. The Play Store currently offers a free download of it.