Over the years we’ve seen quite a few games that use Google Earth as their platform including gems such as Ships, Google Earth War and the GE Flight Simulator. Now a new game is in development and it appears to have a ton of potential: Geoception.
Here’s a brief description of the game from the developer, Satyen Sarhad:
In a nutshell, you command and control a fleet of combat drones to provide local and regional security, eventually taking over the whole world. My aim is to make the game readily skinnable so arbitrary models from 3DWarehouse can be dropped into the game to replace the existing model assets. I have great hopes for this gaming platform, although (as you know), there are technical issues with achieving a decent frame rate in newer, out-of-process-plugin browsers. Nonetheless, I stuck with development and put together a limited game demo (that plays best in Firefox 3.6) that lets you fly UAVs around any city in the world, and shoot at various targets to earn XP:
They’ve produced a trailer for the game, and it looks quite impressive:
He’s working to produce a downloadable game client for both MacOS and Windows, and hopes to have it completed within a year. To help reach that goal, he’s created a kickstarter page which you can find here. The page explains his goals and plans with quite a bit of detail. It’s a very ambitious project, but could be a remarkable game.
You can view a bit more game play footage here, or learn more about the project at geoception.com.
[ Update: The Kickstarter funding was unsuccessful, and development has not yet been completed, in part because of the uncertain future of the Google Earth plugin. ]