Assassin’s Creed Developers Hired for Google Stadia Exclusives
Despite holding some promising prospects, Google Stadia hasn’t had the smoothest of launches, the premium game-streaming service touting an underwhelming launch lineup and a string of heated technical issues. Despite these shortcomings, it appears Google still has much planned to improve its product heading into the future, with exclusive content among the most prominent ways the company aims to rope-in potential customers. As such, Google has hired a trio of prominent devs from the Assassin’s Creed series for work on prospective Stadia exclusives.
According to VGC, three senior talents from the popular Ubisoft franchise have joined Stadia’s first-party studio: François Pelland, Mathieu Leduc, and Sébastien Puel. Following a near-decade-long role as executive producer for the Assassin’s Creed series, Puel joins Google as director general of Stadia Games and Entertainment, while Pelland has been appointed as head of First-Party Game Strategy after fulfilling Executive Director of Development and Producer positions at Ubisoft Quebec. Senior artist Mathieu Leduc, notable for the first two Watch Dogs titles as well as the original Assassin’s Creed, also joins the Stadia team as an art director.
The hiring of such instrumental Ubisoft figures is sure a sign that Google means business, especially as the Assassin’s Creed series is among the most successful franchises of the modern-day. Of course, these three additions aren’t the only former-AC figures now part of the Stadia family, as noted series co-creator Jade Raymond also joined up with Google earlier this year as a VP. With such considerable personnel at the helm, Google Stadia certainly has the tools to turn its fortunes around, though it’ll likely be an uphill battle repairing its launch-day reputation with fans.
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