With the impending release of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft Windows Phone team have been working with both Windows Phone and XNA teams on creating experiences that’ill involve Bing Maps. As a preview, Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst is the first game to be shown and announced to use an XNA control with Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7. The game uses Bing Maps as a backdrop for an attack and tank-like game for blowing stuff up (or protecting stuff). Here’re a couple screenshots used from within the game:
Does that means there’ll be a Bing Maps XNA control? Well, sort of. “With massive adoption of GPS on mobile devices, you can imagine all killer game titles we can get out there for location-based gaming. And, with all killer imagery and data in Bing Maps? Plus, since it’s all tied into XBox Live we could potentially do some REALLY interesting things with location aggregation to your online account profile in the cloud. All from your phone!,” Chris Said.