Google hires ex Assassin’s Creed devs for Stadia studio

Google hires ex Assassin's Creed devs for Stadia's first studio

Google’s foray into the video games world has taken a leap forward after the acquisition of former senior Assassin’s Creed developers.

Last month eGaming Desk reported on the unveiling of Stadia Games and Entertainment, a studio dedicated to crafting titles for its flagship product.

It was announced by Google vice president and industry veteran Jade Raymond who said it was “committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace; these diverse perspectives will shape the games we create together”.

At the time, she was secretive about any plans detailing the genres it will focus on.

While information is still scarce, it has acquired several key players who were prominent in developing Assassin’s Creed (AC) titles.

Raymond herself is a former developer in the same franchise and even founded Ubisoft Toronto.

Sébastien Puel – who served as executive producer for almost 10 years from AC 2 through until AC Unity – has been snatched up as a director.

Francois Pelland will be taking point at the head of Google’s first-party game strategy.

He previously worked as an executive director for Ubisoft Quebec and guided the team behind AC Syndicate, he was also a senior producer for Assassin’s Creed 3.

Joining them will be Mathieu Leduc who oversaw the art direction for the first two Watchdogs title alongside the very first AC. His latest role will see him direct the art for Stadia’s games, according to reports.

While some key players have now been unveiled as employees for the streaming service, details surrounding projects are still tight-lipped.

It will be interesting to see what comes next from Montreal’s Stadia Games and Entertainment.

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