This morning, I needed an additional present for my kid. I swung by GameStop, saw a pretty decent game on sale for twenty bucks, and picked it up. At the same time, Google needed some additional folks to make exclusive games for Google Stadia. So they swung by Typhoon Studios, presumably with buckets and buckets of sweet Google-bucks, and picked it up. Different levels of purchase, but the concept is the same. You need a thing, you buy a thing.
Typhoon Studios has been busy finishing up work on their first game, Journey to the Savage Planet, which is set to release on January 28, 2020 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC (and Stadia? Maybe?).
A statement from Google about the purchase doesn’t say too much about their future plans for Typhoon, but it does again reinforce the idea that Google isn’t just going to walk away from the Stadia.
“Working with some of the best game creators in the world, we’ve learned that a successful studio comes down to great people who have a vision to execute on the best ideas. We’re always looking for people who share our passion and vision for the future of gaming, which is why I’m so excited that Typhoon Studios, the independent developers behind the upcoming Journey to the Savage Planet, is joining Stadia Games and Entertainment.
“Under the leadership of its co-founders, Reid Schneider & Alex Hutchinson, Typhoon Studios has built an incredible team of industry veterans who are committed to the player experience. The Typhoon team will be joining our first Stadia Games and Entertainment studio that is based in Montreal and led by Sébastien Puel.
“Typhoon Studios will continue to work on the launch of Journey to the Savage Planet for multiple platforms on January 28, 2020. Meanwhile, our priority will be on integrating the team from Typhoon Studios into Stadia Games and Entertainment. We’re thrilled to welcome this incredibly talented team to the Google family!”
Take a look at our review for more on Stadia. We will be following up in a few weeks with an update as to how Stadia is shaking out as it continues rolling out more games and new functionality.