Former God of War executive producer Shannon Studstill is set to lead a new Google Stadia
Games and Entertainment studio in Playa Vista, California.Announced by Jade Raymond, VP Stadia Games and Entertainment, Studstill’s studio will “focus on delivering exclusive games, using new gameplay mechanics, creative ways to play together and unique interaction models that we’re just starting to explore. While we’re not ready to share specific game plans yet, rest assured we are listening to what gamers want and adding our own Stadia twists to create new IP and experiences.”
“I’ve been a fan of Shannon’s for a long time, and have admired her award-winning work leading Sony’s Santa Monica Studio and the industry defining franchises like God of War that have won fans all over the world,” Raymond said. “She has an extensive background in product development and creative leadership, but most importantly, she’s a visionary who, as the Studio Director, will lead and inspire the Playa Vista teams. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Stadia family!”
Studstill has been in the games industry since 1995, where she was a model/texture artist for Agile Warrior F-111X. Throughout her career, she has also worked on such titles as Twisted Metal: Black, 2005’s God of War, God of War II, God of War III, The Order: 1886, Journey, and many more.
Prior to this announcement, she was the VP/Head of Santa Monica Studio and most recently worked on 2018’s God of War, which won our Game of the Year for 2018.
Studstill’s studio joins such Raymond’s first-party studio and another in Montreal that recently acquired the team behind Journey to the Savage Planet.
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