Google acquires Typhoon Studio
Journey to the Savage Planet. © Typhoon Studios.
Typhoon game development studio was founded in Montreal in early 2018 by Ubisoft’s former creative director for Far Cry 4 and two former employees of Warner Brothers Games Montreal who worked on Batman: Arkham. Recently, Typhoon was acquired by Stadia, Google’s cloud gaming division launched last November. For the past two years, Typhoon has been working on Journey to the Savage Planet, an exploration game set in a science-fiction universe, which should come out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC by the end of January 2020. The cost of the transaction hasn’t been divulged. The studio will be led by Sebastien Puel, another Ubisoft veteran, who is general manager of the Stadia studio in Montreal. The goal of the acquisition is, of course, to increase this platform’s exclusive content. Jade Raymond, vice-president of Google and director of Stadia Games, said: “We’re super-excited to be able to be working with this crew because they’re a team that has done amazing work on amazing games. They worked on everything from Batman to Assassin’s Creed.” The acquisition also signals Google’s ambition of becoming a major player in Montreal’s gaming industry.
⇨ VentureBeat, Dean Takahashi, “Google buys triple-A game dev Typhoon Studio to beef up Stadia.”