Developers Can Now Model Game Locations Based on Google Maps Data

New Walking Dead Game is Pokemon Go With Guns

Google Maps Will Power Next Games' and AMC's Upcoming Location-Based Augmented Reality Mobile Game, "The Walking Dead: Our World" - First Gameplay Trailer Released

There's even an augmented reality (AR) experience coming from Next Games, originally announced previous year and demoed to the public for the first time at New York Comic Con (NYCC). 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.

There are already three Maps-enabled games on the way, and we can expect more to be developed soon.

Augmented reality games like Pokémon GO have been incredibly successful, and new AR games like Ghostbusters World and Jurassic World Alive are poised to be huge.

Next Games, the Finnish mobile game developer and publisher, and AMC today announced that Google Maps will power the upcoming location-based augmented reality game, "The Walking Dead: Our World".

To make things even easier, Google mixed the Maps API with the Unity game engine.

New Maps APIs turn existing geographical features like buildings, roads, and parks into Unity GameObjects so that developers can just focus on customizing the environment to fit the look and feel of their game. It let players explore the real world to collect Pokémon creatures.

Google has the best public mapping data, but game developers haven't been able to get in there and play with it. "Users from all over the world can experience the Ghostbusters virtual world through our game, leveraging Google's location data". Developers such as Rockstar Games have had the tools to design entire cities for quite some time, and the new Maps API will go a long way in leveling the playing field, enabling indie devs to achieve similar, if not identical results.

"We've spent the last decade building a comprehensive map of the real world", adds Clementine Jacoby, Product Manager, Google Maps APIs.

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