Jade Raymond was one of countless developers who found themselves jobless last month when Google abruptly shut down its internal Stadia game development studios after a buzzy launch just two years earlier. Now, the former Ubisoft executive who was instrumental in the creation of the Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs franchises is starting a new studio of her own, with Sony and PlayStation backing her up.
Raymond has named her new independent shop Haven Studios. The Montreal-based studio has no other announced personnel, but in her announcement post on the PlayStation Blog, Raymond writes that “many of the talented game developers I have worked with for years (and love dearly!) are coming together to do what we are most passionate about,” which hopefully means Haven will be a landing pad for Stadia talent left out in the cold following the sudden closure of Stadia Games and Entertainment.
As this is merely a studio announcement, there aren’t any games to speak of yet, and there likely won’t be for quite some time. But given that Raymond has spent the last few years on frustrated attempts to release a game, it’s not hard to imagine that Haven Studios will be very eager to deliver one as soon as possible.