Google is looking to open up its Maps API to Unity game developers, allowing them to leverage the massive amount of 3D data they have on 100+ million buildings, roads and landmarks to be used in actual game environments. Developers can add textures, styling and customising any building in any way conceivable.
An alien invasion at Federation Square?
A post-apocalyptic Rundle Mall?
Pearl Harbour reimagined in Fremantle?
Hopefully once Google reveal their pricing and availability details, all of these scenarios will become a lot simpler to achieve. We’ve reached out to them to hear more, but in the meantime, they’re making us wait until Game Developer Conference 2018 to see the demo.
We’re not necessarily talking about virtuality here (AR/VR/MR). What this means is that existing cities are already mapped out in 3D, and the buildings are already there. This new offering from Google means developers can make it look aesthetically however they can imagine, and, of course, add in new interactive game elements such as vehicles and characters as they see fit.