Google Plans to Found Multiple 1st-Party Stadia Studios, First One Coming to Montreal

Oct 25, 2019
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Stadia has managed to attract wide support from third-party developers, but Google also has plans to release their own exclusive first-party content. In fact, according to Stadia Games & Entertainment boss Jade Raymond, they plan to eventually open several  first-party studios.

We have a plan that includes building out a few different first-party studios, and also building up the publishing org to ship exclusive content created by indie devs and other external partners.

Google has announced the first of those studios will located in Montreal, a hotbed of video game development home to numerous other major studios. Raymond promises this new studio will deliver “original content across a diverse portfolio of games in all your favorite genres.” Of course, the question remains – when will this new content arrive considering the studios are just being set up now? Don’t expect any big triple-A games for a while, but Raymond insists Google is in this for the long haul…

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It is a long term view that Google is taking. For a big bet and a huge new IP that's going to fully leverage the cloud, it may be several years. But we do have quite a few exclusive games in the works that will demonstrate some of the exciting things about the platform all along the path. It won't be four years before gamers get to see the new exclusive, exciting content. There will be some coming out every year, and more and more each year.

It will certainly be interesting to see what kind of exclusives Google might be able to cook up. Will they be able to use the power of the cloud to create some truly unique experiences? Or will their games be as bland and unexciting as the Google home page?

What do you think? Do you expect anything exciting to come out of Google’s first-party studios?

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