New ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Unity & Unreal Engine

August 1, 2022 – EsriIt recently announced the launch of ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity and ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unreal Engine, a provider of geographic information system (GIS), location intelligence, and mapping solutions. Both SDKs provide direct ArcGIS integration for developers working with these game engines.

According to Esri, over the past few years, technologies originally developed for building gaming experiences have evolved into powerful real-time 3D development tools spanning a wide range of industries. Developers use these tools to build whole new classes of apps. Sometimes referred to as serious gaming, or immersive experiences, these complex, realistic, intuitive, and engaging visual approaches to working with real-world data take off, exposing value in existing data sets that might previously have been difficult to capitalize on.

The company said that in response to feedback from its customers and to make it easier to work with real-world data in game engines, Esri began work on two ArcGIS Maps SDKs in 2019 with the goal of offering a premium suite of developer tools that can fetch data from ArcGIS directly into game engine development environments.

Now in version 1.0, both SDKs will enable developers to take advantage of accurate real-world data and rich geospatial analysis, on a global or local scale, in their applications and projects. Developers will benefit from the accuracy and reliability provided by real-time geospatial data, whether it is their existing organizational data or live services from repositories like ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.

Integrated network of Girona, Spain, overlayed with global images and elevations.

With new Software Development Kits (SDKs), developers can build globally augmented reality (AR) experiences, tabletop augmented reality, and virtual reality (VR) for industries such as architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), defense, public safety, and resources Natural, and urban planning.

Specific use cases across these industries could include:

  • advanced electronics regulators – They can use game engines to represent construction sites in real time for decision makers to review without having to be on site;
  • defense – to simulate troop movements, various scenarios, and task planning;
  • public safety organizations It can be a model for crowd control at major events and explore how hiring staff in different configurations can change the flow of crowds to and from the event;
  • natural resource companies Game engines can be used to better manage existing infrastructure and socialize/communicate with innovations in energy generation, such as visualizing a proposed solar or wind farm and its impact on the landscape;
  • city ​​planners – They can conduct collaborative planning and explore how proposed developments would look in the real-world context of their communities.

Esri added that both Simic Group And the Housel Lavigne They recently shared how their organizations use relevant Software Development Kits (SDKs) to build immersive representations of the projects they support.

The ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity and the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unreal Engine Provide a basis for consuming ArcGIS content and integrating with the ArcGIS system. Both SDKs are now available as free downloads to users with free ArcGIS Developer account or an ArcGIS Online account.

For more information about the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity, the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unreal Engine, and their applications for creating AR and VR experiences, a detailed and in-depth explanation of the solutions can be found at ArcGIS Blog.

Photo/video credit: Esri / ArcGIS / YouTube

Sam Sprig

Sam is the founder and managing editor of Auganix. With a background in research and report writing, he has been covering XR industry news for the past five years.