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Peridot, Niantic's new mobile game is a mixture between Tamagotchi and AR

Peridot Niantic Key Art
Peridot Niantic Key Art (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • Niantic is the company behind the popular Pokémon Go mobile game.
  • Today Niantic announced a new mobile game called Peridot which has players taking care of digital creatures.
  • This pet simulation game doesn't have a release date, but is will come to iOS and Android this month.

Niantic became a household name in 2016 when it released the AR mobile game, Pokémon Go, which centers around finding and capturing Pokémon by walking around. But today, Niantic announced that it is working on a brand new pet simulator called Peridot that allows players to care for virtual pets, take images with them in the real world using Augmented Reality (AR), play with these creatures, and even breed them.

For those of us who were kids in the 90s and early 2000s, this will sound a lot like the popular Tamagotchi and Neopets digital pet simulators of the day, only now you'll be able to take care of your creatures and participate in activities directly from your phone.

The point of the game is to raise your Peridots, or Dots for short, from infancy to childhood by helping them do basic things like find food, make a safe place to sleep, or play with them. Apparently, the games AR will allow these creatures to hide behind things in the real world. For instance, you might go on a walk and your Dot could hide behind a tree. The AR also allows your Dot to forage for specific items that are found in the real world. For instance, if you're near a pond, your Dot might forage for kelp.

Peridot On Phone Activities Niantic (Image credit: iMore)

Doing various activities with your Dot allows it to acquire XP, which in turn helps it to grow up. Once grown to maturity, you can choose to release them. in locations where other Dots roam. Dots have different types or "Archetypes" such as Unicorn, Cheetah, Peacock, Metallic, Glitter, and Rabbit. So you can spend your time trying to unlock them all. You can even breed Dot together to get a brand new creature to raise.

The game is slated for a soft launch for both iOS and Android devices in select markets sometime this month, but no exact launch date has been revealed yet. However, those who are interested can pre-register on Peridot's website.

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.