Google has acquired game developer Typhoon Studios.
The tech firm announced this week that it bought the developer, known for its upcoming space-adventure game Journey To The Savage Planet, as part of a move to launch an internal game development team for its Stadia service.
According to a statement posted by Stadia Games’ Head Jade Raymond, Typhoon Studios will join both Stadia Games and Entertainment, which were announced back in March when Google first revealed the Stadia service.
Typhoon Studios, which is based in Montreal, was founded back in 2017 by former Ubisoft Creative Director Alex Hutchinson and former EA Executive Producer Reid Schneider. The development studio has been working on its upcoming Journey To The Savage Planet since 2018, and the game is due for release in early 2020.
Both Typhoon Studios and Stadia Games and Entertainment will develop original games for the Stadia service.
In the official statement from Jade Raymond, she said: “Working with some of the best game creators in the world, we’ve learned that a successful studio comes down to great people who have a vision to execute on the best ideas.
“We’re always looking for people who share our passion and vision for the future of gaming, which is why I’m so excited that Typhoon Studios, the independent developers behind the upcoming Journey To The Savage Planet, is joining Stadia Games and Entertainment.”
“Under the leadership of its co-founders, Reid Schneider and Alex Hutchinson, Typhoon Studios has built an incredible team of industry veterans who are committed to the player experience. The Typhoon team will be joining our first Stadia Games and Entertainment studio that is based in Montreal and led by Sébastien Puel.”
She continued: “Typhoon Studios will continue to work on the launch of Journey To The Savage Planet for multiple platforms on January 28, 2020. Meanwhile, our priority will be on integrating the team from Typhoon Studios into Stadia Games and Entertainment. We are thrilled to welcome this incredibly talented team to the Google family!”
Google Stadia: What Is It?
Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service operated by tech firm Google. The service launched November 19, 2019, and is reportedly capable of streaming video games at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.
The service can be accessed via the Google Chrome web browser or the Google Chromecast, smartphone apps and even televisions. Stadia requires users to purchase games through the platform to stream.
As of December 2019, offers over a dozen different games including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and Red Dead Redemption 2. The studio will reportedly add upcoming games to the service too including Watch Dogs: Legion, Marvel’s Avengers, and Cyberpunk 2077.
Upon release, the Stadia was criticised for its “drab” image, as many users struggled to play games at 4K resolutions and 30 frames per second. Other users criticised the lack of games, although this is set to expand within the coming years.
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