By 2018, Google unveiled a series of tools that allow you to make video games using data from Google Maps. And today, this platform is finally available for all developers.
An image used by Google, in 2018, to present the tools of Google Maps to help developers of video games. “The game developers will now have access to a world model rich, precise, and alive to form the basis of their game universe. With access to over 100 million buildings, roads, monuments and parks in 3D in more than 200 countries, they can offer an immersive gameplay and rich around the world “, announced the firm of Mountain View / © Google
Soon, you should be able to enjoy more games based on real-world data, such as Pokémon Go. In fact, Google has just announced the availability of the Google Maps framework for developers of video games, which will allow them to use the tools of this platform to develop games. ” Our game solution gives you the flexibility to put the real world into your game or leave your game in the real world. The SDK Maps for Unity gives you the tools to create and customize a world of game based on locations in the real world, while the API Playable Rentals will help you to find the best locations to place a gameplay of the “real world”, explains the firm’s developers.
Google encourages the creation of games such as Pokémon Go ?
This series of tools for video games, based on the data of Google Maps was first announced in 2018. But at launch, the access to these tools was restricted to a small number of publishers. To this day, a dozen games, which total $ 11 million of users have already access to the platform. And starting this week, these tools are available for all the developers of video games on mobile. ” […] immediately after the launch, we recognized the interest from the studios of game and independent developers to create their own games in the real world. So we decided to build a scalable infrastructure that would extend access to all developers and allow them to register and start quickly online,” says Google.
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And by providing the support of Google Maps developers of video games on mobile, Google may hope to encourage the creation of experiments in augmented reality for its smartphones. In fact, as Apple, Google, already offers a technology (ARCore) that allows developers to create applications in augmented reality for Android smartphones. And thanks to the data of Google Maps, it will be even easier for app developers to create games-type Pokémon Gb (that does not, however, the data of Google Maps).
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