Google Stadia Appears To Be Staffing Up For Massive Production

Google Stadia, the forthcoming video game streaming service, is now hiring for key positions in three major cities. Job listings for Director, Head of Production, and Studio General Manager have been posted to Google's careers page over the past few weeks in Vancouver, Montréal, and Los Angeles.

We've known for several months that Google intends to start its own first-party game studio to develop exclusive content for Stadia. Now, it appears that at least three different studios will make up that company, indicating that an enormous amount of production will soon be underway.

Google announced its development plans back in March. The new studio, called Stadia Games and Entertainment, will be led by former Ubisoft Executive Jade Raymond. At the time, we were told that Stadia Games and Entertainment would be comprised of multiple studios, now, it appears that those studios will be based in Los Angeles, as well as Vancouver and Montréal.

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Google has not yet announced what exactly it will be developing. Jade Raymond is the producer and co-creator of the Assassin's Creed franchise as well as the fact that the number of studios opening all at once seems to indicate that we should expect multiple AAA experiences for the new platform. Google held its second press conference for Stadia a day before E3 officially began this year. During the show, it detailed the pricing structure of the service and revealed a number of new games, including the highly anticipated Baldur's Gate III.

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The streaming service will launch Stadia Pro in November with a $9.99 per month subscription, which will allow players to stream games at 60fps and 4k resolution. Players will also have access to a rotating collection of free games, including the complete Destiny 2.  Next year, a free option, called Stadia Base, will offer 1080p streaming without the additional free games.

Stadia also announced a Founder's Bundle, which includes three months of Stadia Pro for you and a friend, a Chromecast Ultra, a Stadia controller, and first choice on a Stadia name for $129.  The bundle is available for pre-order now.  If you already have a PC, you have everything you need to jump into Stadia when it releases this fall.

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