AR game developers can now use Google Maps APIs

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

Google has integrated the Unity game engine into Google Maps, making it incredibly easy for developers to create AR games.

Map-based augmented reality app Pokémon Go took the mobile gaming market by storm in 2016, quickly surpassing 30 million downloads during its first week on the App Store. According to a video recently published by Google web developer George Portillo, the search giant will soon offer developers the ability to take advantage of a Google Maps API to obtain real-time Maps data.

Google Maps is providing the location data, meaning that, says Next Games, "when new buildings or roads are built, they'll be in the game, creating an immersive and realistic experience tied to the players' location".

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Devs will be able to pull data like 3D renderings of buildings, roads, and landmarks directly from Maps into the Unity engine, where digital environments with all of the models are turned into GameObjects that can then be customized. It let players explore the real world to collect Pokémon creatures.

The two AR games mentioned earlier in this article utilized Google Maps APIs in the development process. Google Maps APIs helped us incorporate the real-world, user relevant locations into our game.

Interested developers can find out more about the new update over at the company's developer site. "Users from all over the world can experience the Ghostbusters virtual world through our game, leveraging Google's location data".



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