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[Announcement] Google Maps Unity SDK For Gaming

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TerraUnity, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. TerraUnity

    TerraUnity

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    Since there was no official threads for Google Maps Unity SDK, I created this thread to discuss about it.

    The official product page: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/gaming/


    Announcement video



    Google Maps SDK announcement at GDC 2018 (Skip to 2 hours & 26 seconds)



    Official Twit: https://twitter.com/gmapsplatform/status/973954955991289856

    Google Maps SDK is a Unity plugin similar to MapBox Unity SDK to build real-world games with Google Maps Platform services. The main difference is that the plugin is not publicly available yet and aimed for large gaming studios which you can Contact Sales and discuss to get a license.

    Some interesting built-in features in the SDK are:
    • Nine Slicing Texturing
    • Parapets & geometry decoration
    • Borders around buildings and roads
    • Roads/Buildings names
    • Day Night Cycle synchronization
    • Automatic LOD Fading
    • Geometry Physics
    • 3rd party assets integration

    Some related resources:





    Let everyone know if you happen to get a license and share ideas on it here.
     
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  2. AustynPember

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    What is going on with this? Did they shut it down already?
     
  3. TerraUnity

    TerraUnity

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    I don't think it has been shut down but guess it's targeted for non-indie developers rather than being a free service. @AdamGoodrich knows better than every one else about this project!
     
  4. AdamGoodrich

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    Your best bet is to go here and put a request in via their Sales link:
    https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/gaming/

    We made some of the videos that you can see on their page, and talk a little about it here:
    http://www.procedural-worlds.com/blog/origami-reimagining-reality/
     
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  5. pus2meong

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    I got the 12 months free access for this, but still figuring out of how to use it in Unity.
     
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  6. AdamGoodrich

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    Didn't realise that they were making it generally available. I wrote a bunch of middleware to make it do what I wanted.
     
  7. TerraUnity

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    @pus2meong Can you tell us the process to get the license and what did they want from you?

    @AdamGoodrich Seems like it is not easy to integrate the system into our projects out of the box, right? Are these middleware stuff available somewhere or are just for personal use-cases? I ask because I thought somehow you have been partners in this and they could be included!

    Another question which I'm eager to know its answer is that how do you compare it to other solutions such as MapBox?
     
  8. AdamGoodrich

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    Yes we would have liked to do something cool to help their customers do more sophisticated things than 9 slicing with their tech. In the end I guess its up to them.

    Mapbox also seems very cool and we have spoken with them. When the next generation of our tech is ready we will provide adaptors that will enable you to leverage whichever mapping data source you prefer (or can get access to).
     
  9. pus2meong

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    I just visit their page, and click the Get Started button, follow the pages, and then I was asked to create a billing account.
    Funny thing is, when checking my credit card validity, the transaction was declined (my card is actually valid because I can use it for Google Play) but somehow I can pass the billing account creation and arrived at google cloud platform console. With this page below.
    upload_2018-8-13_4-15-57.png

    This this screen shot also available for other normal user, then I suppose I do not get the free trial...? However I got the email about free 12 months trial with 300$ free credits to use with this service.
     
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