A new PS4 game launch looks set to be the last from a studio that is set to switch to another platform that isn’t Xbox One or Nintendo Switch. As confirmed this week by Typhoon Studios, the formerly independent studio in charge of Journey to the Savage Planet has been acquired by a big tech rival. This effectively means the upcoming co-op adventure will be the last from Typhoon featured on consoles. And that’s following the news that the PS4 has been the best selling console of this generation, shifting over 100million units since it first launched in 2013.
Having been founded in 2017, the studio based in Montreal, Canada has been acquired by Google to work on the Stadia platform.
And the news may come as some surprise as Typhoon Studios hasn’t released its debut game yet.
Journey to the Savage Planet is launching next year in January 2020 on PS4, Xbox One and Epic Games Store.
And if the game is hailed as a success, it seems very unlikely that you’ll be able to play a sequel on anything but Google Stadia.
As confirmed today by Jade Raymond, VP and Head of Stadia Games & Entertainment, this won’t affect the launch Savage Planet next year.
But it does mean a stronger lineup of developers for Google Stadia to help develop exclusive content that won’t be available on PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch.
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“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,” a message from Raymond explains.
“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.”
And Google must’ve certainly seen something they like from the team, with more news expected from them in the coming months.
For those wondering what the Journey to the Savage Planet will be like, you can read the full game description below:
“Journey to the savage planet is an upbeat co-op adventure game set in a bright and colourful alien world filled with weird and wonderful creatures.
“As an employee of kindred aerospace, which proudly touts its rating as the 4th best interstellar exploration company, you are dropped onto an uncharted planet deep in a fictitious, far-away corner of the universe.
“Launched with high hopes but little equipment and no real plan, your job is to explore, catalogue alien flora and fauna and determine if this planet is fit for human habitation. good luck – and mind the goo!”
There has been no word of the Savage Planet being ported to the Nintendo Switch and it’s unclear at this point if something like this could happen.