Google Opens Up the Maps API to Game Developers

Google Maps API

Google Opens Up the Maps API to Game Developers

All titles combine AR with location-based gameplay to blend fictional worlds into the real world.

This is especially useful for mobile AR developers, as they can now use ARCore to take environments they're building and place them onto local maps, giving players a customized experience no matter their location. "Google Maps' unrivalled amount of location data, covering world-famous landmarks, businesses and buildings, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye, Burj Khalifa and India Gate, makes exploring your surroundings a breathtaking experience", said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games in a statement. Plus, because the maps are powered by Google you can be sure that they're always fully up to date with new buildings and streets that might pop up over the course of the game's lifespan. "Users from all over the world can experience the Ghostbusters virtual world through our game, leveraging Google's location data".

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The Walking Dead: Our World is slated to launch globally in Q2 2018.

In the end, I believe Google and a few game studios envision a worldwide game that can be played by anyone and anywhere, similar to what we saw with Pokemon GO.

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Google will be at GDC 2018 showing off the new Maps gaming tools, but you can get an idea of what's coming from these demo videos. Please contact press@nextgames.com for more information. The developers of the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead: No Man's Land redefines the way franchise entertainment transforms into highly engaging service-based mobile games.

Google has partnered with three game developers to demonstrate the power of the Maps: Jurassic World Alive, The Walking Dead: Our World, and Ghostbusters World.

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