Google has acquired game developer Typhoon Studios to boost the Stadia platform. The studio was founded in 2017 by veterans Ubisoft, EA, and WB Games Montreal. Google announced the purchase of Montreal-based Typhoon Studios this week.
According to Google’s blog, this move relates to Stadia, the Typhoon team to join Google’s first Games and Entertainment Stadia studio, based in Montreal and led by Sébastien Puel, former Ubisoft executive.
Following the unstable launch of Google Stadia’s cloud gaming service, which failed to provide some promised features based on questions about whether Google will support it in the long run, the company recently announced that it had added Typhoon Studios, the indie developer behind the future game Journey to the planet Savage.
It’s not a huge purchase; Typhoon has only about two dozen employees, and its first game, which has not yet been released, will not be exclusively for the Stadia. But it is the first investment that Google has made at the launch stage, and it is a signal that the internet giant known for killing unsuccessful features does not return despite the tough start of the Stage.
The range of original games, exclusive to Google’s Stadia, is almost non-existent, and the numbers of games taking advantage of the platform’s unique technology – outside of its streaming capabilities – are just as slim.
Only Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon starting point is among the current list of games available to take advantage of the exclusive Stage features, with support for Stream Connect in PvE Breakpoint mode.
This feature allows players to share their screen in real-time with up to three co-workers. “Seeing other players’ points of view facilitates tactical communication between teammates, allowing players to collaborate like never before,” says Ubisoft about this feature.
For now, Typhoon will continue to launch its future multi-platform game on January 28, 2020. It seems certain that Stadia subscribers can expect to see this game on Google’s servers at some point.
“Working with some of the best game makers in the world, we found out that a successful studio comes in front of great people who have the vision to execute on the best ideas. We are always on the watch-out for people who share our passion and our vision for the future of games, which is why I am so excited that Typhoon Studios, the independent developers behind the future Savage Planet Traveler, joins Stadia Games and Entertainment, “wrote Jade Raymond, VP, and Head of Games & Entertainment Stadia.
“Under the administration of its co-founders, Reid Schneider & Alex Hutchinson, Typhoon Studios has established an incredible team of veterans in the gaming industry who are dedicated to the player’s experience.
Nothing will change at this time, at least not much. Typhoon Studios will continue to work on Journey to the Savage Planet for its launch on various platforms on January 28, 2020. The team’s priority will be to bring the Typhoon Studios team to the Stadia team.
“We are excited to welcome this incredibly talented team to the Google family!” Raymond concluded.