Former EA, Assassin's Creed Boss Joins Google Ahead Of Big Gaming Reveal
Google is planning to unveil its "vision for the future of gaming" next week.
Video game industry veteran Jade Raymond, who produced the original Assassin's Creed before joining EA where she worked on Star Wars, has landed a new job at Google.
Raymond announced on Twitter today that she's working at Google as a vice president. That's all she had to say on the matter, so it's unclear exactly what she's doing at Google.
Google operates a gaming business with its Project Stream technology that is set to be formally unveiled next during the Game Developers Conference. Raymond would be at least Google's second high-profile gaming hire, following former PlayStation and Xbox boss Phil Harrison who joined Google as a VP in January 2018.
I’m excited to finally be able to share that I have joined Google as VP!— Jade Raymond (@ibjade) March 12, 2019
In her most recent position at EA, Raymond served as senior vice president group general manager of Motive Studios. In that role, Raymond was responsible for leading a new business unit and studio team centered on making new IP and action games. She was also responsible for leading the strategy around EA's new Star Wars games. She left EA in October 2018.
Many video game industry higher-ups congratulated Raymond on her move to Google. Xbox boss Shannon Loftis said Google is lucky to have Raymond, while Capybara Games boss Nathan Vella enthuses, "Congrats, this is rad."
As for Google's GDC event, the company plans to unveil its "vision for the future of gaming"--and it could be related to streaming. In 2018, Google partnered with Ubisoft to test its Project Stream technology that made Assassin's Creed Odyssey playable straight through a Google Chrome browser.
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In other news, recent rumors have circulated regarding Google's so-called "Project Yeti," which is said to be its own take on the home console. It would focus on streaming, and may even have its own exclusive games, but the price and details are unknown.
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