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Assassin's Creed devs join Google's Stadia first-party studio

Assassin's Creed devs join Google's Stadia first-party studio

Former Assassin's Creed developers have been hired by Google's recently-established Stadia Games and Entertainment first-party studio.

As reported by VGC, the Montreal outfit has snapped up the likes of Sébastien Puel as the director general of Stadia Games and Entertainment. Previously he was executive producer for the Assassin's Creed franchise between the IP's second entry in 2009 to 2014's Unity. The first-party studio's head of production is Francois Pelland, previously executive director of development at Ubisoft's Quebec studio.

Meanwhile, Mathieu Leduc has come on board as art director having worked on the Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed IP.

Given that Google's inaugural first-party games studio is in Canada's Montreal, it's hardly surprising that Ubisoft vets have come on board given the French games giant's sizeable presence in the country. Ubisoft vet Jade Raymond (pictured) was hired as the head of Stadia Games and Entertainment at the start of the year following her departure from EA in October 2018. 

Raymond's hire was announced just weeks before Stadia was revealed at GDC 2019, while the first Stadia and Entertainment studio was revealed in October, less than a month before the cloud games platform's rollout on November 19th, 2019.

This makes it all the more unsurprising that it's going to be some time before we see any first-party titles coming out for the Stadia service.


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