The Walking Dead TV series is still very popular, sprouting all sorts of additional content including several videogames. There’s even an augmented reality (AR) experience coming from Next Games, originally announced last year and demoed to the public for the first time at New York Comic Con (NYCC). Today, the studio – alongside AMC – have revealed that The Walking Dead: Our World will be powered by Google Maps.
The partnership will see world-famous landmarks, businesses and buildings, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye, and Burj Khalifa, integrated into the videogame, making exploring surroundings even more interactive and immersive.
“We are excited to partner with Google Maps, inarguably the best maps product in the world. 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. This enables us to create an immersive experience, tied to the players’ location. Google Maps’ unrivalled amount of location data, covering world-famous landmarks, businesses and buildings, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye, Burj Khalifa and India Gate, makes exploring your surroundings a breathtaking experience,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games in a statement.
The Walking Dead: Our World will allow players to fight walkers on the streets, in the park, on their sofa, wherever and whenever they want, alongside characters from the show, including Rick, Daryl, and Michonne. While Google Maps will provide the most up-to-date location data, meaning that when new buildings or roads are built, they’ll be in the videogame.
“We’ve spent the last decade building a comprehensive map of the real world,” adds Clementine Jacoby, Product Manager, Google Maps APIs. “We’re excited to be able to enable companies like Next Games to leverage our data to build rich experiences for their users to enjoy.”
The Walking Dead: Our World is slated to launch globally in Q2 2018. Eager fans can today pre-register via Google Play for selected markets, go to www.thewalkingdeadourworld.com to sign up. Google will also be demoing the AR title at its booth during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018 next week. For any further updates for The Walking Dead: Our World, keep reading VRFocus.