Google's bringing its Maps APIs to augmented reality game development
Pokémon Go is one of the biggest mobile games to ever be released, and later this year, we'll see similar AR games that get people moving in the real world while interacting with the lore of Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, and more. To help make the development of these titles as easy as possible, Google's launching new Maps APIs for the Unity game engine.
According to Google:
The API grants developers access to more than 100 million 3D models of roads, buildings, and landmarks across 200+ countries, and this will enable AR games to work in virtually any nook and cranny of the globe.
Commenting on this announcement, Next Games CEO Teemu Huuhtanen said:
Google will have a demo of this technology at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco next week if you want to get an early look at what's to come, and you can contact Maps' sales department now to get more info on integrating the APIs into future titles of yours.
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