New Walking Dead AR Game Uses Google Maps On Your Phone

Google is using Maps to turn every video game into an earth-sized epic		
		
	Lucas Matney

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Over the years, Google has accumulated copious amounts of public mapping data, thanks to services such as Google Earth and Google Maps.

"With Google Maps, we can count on providing the most up-to-date location data, meaning that when new buildings or roads are built, we'll have them in our game", said Next Games CEO Teemu Huuhtanen in the announcement. Perhaps, Pokemon Go would have been less of a disaster upon release if it had access to some Maps data.

Developer Next Games has revealed the first proper gameplay trailer for The Walking Dead: Our World, its new augmented reality mobile game based on popular AMD TV series - and, yes, it looks an bad lot like Pokémon Go with zombies.

Google will present a demo of the new Google Maps Unity engine at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco next week if you care to give it a test. Google Maps APIs helped us incorporate the real-world, user relevant locations into our game. To develop such a game, developers usually need to rely on semi-closed map frameworks that aren't typically intended for game development. It will be playable at GDC next week, so we can expect more details soon. These games were announced previously, but the integration with Maps is a pleasant surprise. The real world objects become GameObjects in the Unity engine, so two games might look entirely different even though they're using the same starting data.

Would you be all-in on a Google Maps powered Ghostbusters game?

In a post on the Geo Developers blog, Google writes: "Game studios can easily reimagine our world as a medieval fantasy, a bubble gum candy land, or a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic city".

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