A trio of new Ubisoft Stadia hires have been hired by Google in order to assist them in the company’s first-party studio. All three of the hires have worked on Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed games, but will they be able to help with games from Stadia? Only time will tell.
Google Stadia came out to a lot of fanfare last week on November 19, and has had a highly divisive launch due to latency issues, graphics and resolution problems, and more, which are to be expected on a platform that relies entirely on streaming games. Google isn’t giving up, though.
While we don’t know exactly what game that Google’s game studio is working on, the fact that all three of the recent Ubisoft Stadia hires (François Pelland, Mathieu Leduc, and Sébastien Puel) worked on Assassin’s Creed in some capacity might point to the game being some kind of open-world title.
Puel served as executive producer for Assassin’s Creed from 2009 to 2014 (Assassin’s Creed 2 to Assassin’s Creed: Unity), while Palland was executive director of development at Ubisoft Quebec (the studio behind Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey) and served as senior producer on Assassin’s Creed 3. Leduc served as assistant art director for the first Assassin’s Creed game, and led art direction on both Watch Dogs games.
Puel will be taking on the role of director general for Stadia Games and Entertainment. Pelland will be taking on the role of Head of Production at Stadia Games and will be responsible for Google’s first-party strategy on the Stadia. Leduc will be moving up to Art Director for the studio.
With Stadia’s divisive launch so far, hopefully these three new Ubisoft Stadia hires will be able to get the company into a better state than how Stadia started out, even if we don’t know what game they’re working on yet.