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Peridot Release Date Announced by Niantic: Next AR Tamagotchi Coming May 2023
After a closed beta in Denmark, Norway and parts of Southeast Asia between last summer and last November, the future tamagotchi in AR from Niantic is making headlines again. The American studio has just announced the Peridot release date in a series of press releases and social media posts. In fact, you can also pre-register for Peridot on Android and iOS to take advantage of a launch reward. I tell you everything you need to know about Peridot and expect from this virtual tamagotchi.
Peridot release date and gameplay
There Peridot release date is the May 9, 2023. This date concerns the whole world and all Android and iOS mobile devices compatible with the game.
Let’s talk a bit about Peridot gameplay on its next release. Rather than focusing on augmented reality immersion to make it a real visual gem, Niantic developers spent a lot of their time creating a very diverse Dots generation system. For the Peridot releaseyou will be able to generate your own Company Dot.
Then, it will have to be crossed with other Dots to obtain a collection of unique virtual pets and colorful. And while you’re not playing mad scientist with genetic mutations, you’ll have to take care of your Dots in the usual tamagotchi gameplay loop.
THE Dots will have a personality, sleep, eat and play on your phone screen. If they thrive because you take care of them, they will grow into adults so they can generate new Dots. In Peridot, there are creature archetypes like Unicorn or Clownfish but an infinity of possible variations.
In addition to Peridot releasewe are also awaiting the release of Marvel World of Heroes, the Marvel x Niantic game which is currently in the pre-registration phase.
Pre-register for Peridot
If you want pre-register for Peridot before Niantic released the game, it’s very simple. Go to the game’s iOS and Android page on the stores and pre-register with your game account. This way, you will receive a notification as soon as Peridot is released and you will get a small exclusive party hat for your Dot when launching the game.
The reward isn’t amazing compared to what other pre-registration mobile games offer, but if you’re obsessed with style your tamagotchi in augmented realityyou will surely be delighted to access a unique cosmetic item.
A reality really not up to the trailers
The technology presented by Niantic for the Peridot release is well below what is teased commercially. I’m not even talking about trailer visuals which I find almost more misleading than mobile gaming ads on TikTok. It’s been going on for years and Niantic doesn’t show any actual gameplay in its game trailers: even what looks like it is excessively retouched. For having seen Peridot gameplayI can tell you that it is better not to hype yourself too much.
Characters constantly glitch as if they are having an epileptic fit on screen, we see through their bodies which are not solid but rather a bizarre simulation of hair cards full of bugs that’s more creepy than cute and the screen is covered in bullshit effects like bubbles and yellow streaks to make you forget how bad the actual game visuals are. Whatever promise of peridotvisually carried by augmented reality, it is far from being held and augmented reality was not at all worth implementing to look like that.
Niantic prides itself on being a forerunner in augmented reality with its Lightship platform to help developers produce AR games. We would love to play AR games that actually work like what is featured on the Lightship homepage.
However, if we stop judging by the studio’s promises and focus on the real facts, the most big productions with Lightship are Niantic games including Wizards Unite (which closed) and Pikmin Bloom (walking simulator with anecdotal and not terrible augmented reality) in addition to the last DracARys game released at the same time as the House of the Dragon series which reaches less than two stars as playstore rating.
Honestly, that’s a bit of a rant on my part, but Niantic has been poking fun at the public for a long time. The company takes years of listening to Pokémon GO players on Reddit and is content to release passable game skins under the guise of an existing, popular license. But they still managed to kill a Harry Potter game, so kudos to them.
Peridot goes even further in its use of augmented reality since your Dots can “dig” and fetch a ball (taking into account the surface of the ground), but it is far from a stroke of genius. You can find the different Peridot gameplay phases featured on the game’s official website.
When we see the number of years that have passed since the Niantic’s first steps in ARthere is reason to be disappointed by this title which focuses on creatures that look like NFTs and which do not seem to be worth a good old Nintendogs.