Veteran Assassin’s Creed Developers Join Google to Work on Stadia Games
Google has hired developers who worked on the Assassin’s Creed series for its first game studio, which will focus on producing Stadia titles.
VGC discovered that some of Google’s first hires for its Stadia game studio in Montreal are those who previously held senior positions on the Assassin’s Creed series at Ubisoft. We’ve confirmed these hires by checking their LinkedIn profiles.
First is Sébastien Puel, who is now the general director of Google’s studio after being the executive producer on Assassin’s Creed for just over 10 years.
Secondly is Francois Pelland, head of production at Google’s studio, but previously executive director at Ubisoft Quebec. He produced Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and also acted as senior producer on Assassin’s Creed 3.
Thirdly, Mathieu Leduc joins Google’s studio as art director after previously being art director on Assassin’s Creed 2, as well as Watch Dogs 1 and 2.
They join Google’s games and entertainment vice president Jade Raymond, who joined the studio back in March 2019 after also having worked on at Ubisoft – on Assassin’s Creed 2, Watch Dogs, and Splinter Cell Blacklist.
Google Stadia Launch Lineup
Google’s game studio will focus on producing first-party for its new game-streaming service Stadia. In our Google Stadia review, we said it “delivers the highest fidelity graphics and lowest input lag of any game streaming service,” but also noted that “there are a lot of holes in Google’s game streaming service currently.”
For starters, a couple of Stadia’s biggest games don’t stream in true 4K, and Google had had to give out refunds to people who purchased December’s free games in November.
Chris Priestman is a freelancer who writes news for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.