It’s been about a month since Google Stadia has launched and the company has announced they’re acquiring Typhoon Studios.
The studio was founded in Montreal by Far Cry 4 director, Alex Hutchinson. The team is mostly made up of former Ubisoft, EA and WB Games Montreal employees.
In an interview with GameIndustry.biz, VP and head of Stadia Games & Entertainment Jade Raymond said, “They’ve really assembled a AAA team, and the goal of acquiring the team is that it will really give us a head start in making the system-defining games everyone is waiting for, This is a top AAA team of industry veterans who already have a great working relationship and were able to ship something quickly, and they have a lot of great ideas for the platform.”
Typhoon will help the team at Stadia’s Montreal studio lead by Sébastien Puel.
Typhoon’s first game, Journey to the Savage Planet is set to be released on January 28th, 2020 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Their game will be published by 505 Games.
In addition to the acquisition, Google announced the rollout of some new features for Stadia including Stream Connect.
Stream Connect allows you to see multiple screens such as your teammates in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. It’s almost like having a split-screen with your friends.
If you already own a Chromecast Ultra, you can update the firmware on it for Stadia compatibility. Meaning you won’t have to buy the bundle to use Stadia on your TV.
The Google Assistant button on the Stadia controller can now be used to start your next game and more.
And starting today, Borderlands 3, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Final Fantasy XV, Metro Exodus and Darksiders Genius (is a Stadia and PC exclusive until February 14th) are launching on Stadia.