Niantic Announce New AR Game Peridot

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Niantic have announced a brand new AR virtual pet game called ‘Peridot’. Peridot is a brand new concept from Niantic that is entirely AR based, and focused on looking after adorable critters known as Peridot, or Dots for short. Let’s take a look!



I’m Ziah, Senior Producer at Niantic, and I’m excited to share details about a new Niantic game in development, which will be entering a soft launch testing phase in select markets soon.

If pets are a part of your life, you already know the joy that they can bring. The simple act of caring for an animal and watching them grow is immensely rewarding, especially when you’ve forged a real bond with your pet.

Introducing Peridot: an all-new, real-world AR mobile game, and original franchise that puts the joy of caring for, raising, and breeding adorable one-of-a-kind creatures in your hands.

After thousands of years of slumber, Peridots (or Dots for short) are waking to a world vastly different from the one in which they used to roam, and they’ll need our help to protect them from extinction.

You’ll foster your own Peridots as you embark on this experience. These are creatures who feel so real, you’ll love every moment raising them from birth to adulthood. While you explore the world together, you’ll get to learn more about your cute new friends, develop a bond as you nurture and play with them, and work with other players to diversify their species.

We hope you’re excited for this new heartwarming game. Throughout the soft launch period, we will be testing and iterating on the gameplay experience as we gather feedback from our beta testers. Please sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed of future updates and to pre-register for the game.

– Ziah Fogel, Senior Producer’

Further Information

John Hanke has announced that the game will start off with a soft launch shortly, and you can pre-register your interest on the new PlayPeridot website. Unlike Pokémon GO, this game is going to entirely AR!

Almost like a Tamagotchi brought into 2022, Peridot is a virtual pet that you can play with, care for, breed and take with you on any adventure. It certainly looks adorable, and we’ll be intrigued to see how it plays.

The gameplay examples and screenshots look like the AR is much more advanced than we currently see in GO, with more successful AR blending, and Peridot are even shown interacting with their environments. Will you check out Peridot when it is released? I know I will!


Here is the full official announcement teaser for Peridot. Look how cute they are!

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