TechCrunch reports Hasbro company, the company behind many board games, including Monopoly, is making a new Monopoly game at MonopolyCityStreets.com. The game is expected to launch tomorrow, September 9th and use the Google Maps API. The site explains:
On the 9th SEPTEMBER, a world of property empire building on an unimaginable scale will be launched! A live worldwide game of MONOPOLY using Google Maps as the game board. The goal is simple. Play to beat your friends and the world to become the richest property magnate in existence.
In addition, the game uses Google SketchUp to create 3D buildings. This sounds incredibly interesting and I can’t wait to check it out.
From the looks of it, it does not seem to be part of any direct Google partnership, outside of Hasbro using the various Google APIs like any developer might use them.
Update: I posted screen shots and a video at the Search Engine Roundtable of this web site in action.