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New Second Stadia Studio Steals Sony Santa Monica Head

March 4, 2020

By: Mostafa Hossam

 
 

Google Stadia is relatively the latest technological advancement in the gaming industry, allowing players to stream their games across different platforms seamlessly with no loading times and minimal delays. At least that's how it was advertised, since a lack of support derailed its progress, alongside overheat and connectivity issues. The studio decided to step up their game, and revealed they are establishing a new Stadia-focused California-based studio, snatching former God of War executive producer Shannon Studstill to act as its head. 

On the other side, Santa Monica Studio released a statement to IGN, revealing their newly appointed head, Yumi Yang. A 19-year veteran in the PlayStation world, and was involved heavily throughout the production and development of the original 2005's God of War and its sequel.

 

Her project management prowess and meticulous oversight of 2018’s God of War helped the title fully realize its groundbreaking potential. After nearly two decades and countless substantial contributions to Santa Monica Studio’s rich legacy, Yumi has the unquestioned respect and trust of her peers. With her vast experience and deep understanding of the studio’s distinct creative DNA, she is perfectly positioned to lead Santa Monica Studio to a bold and exciting future.

Santa Monica congratulated Shannon Studstill on her new appointment, and highlighted her work even aiding indie teams in their journey to breaking through the games industry.

We extend our warmest congratulations to Shannon Studstill on her new role. Under her leadership, the studio she helped found over twenty years ago masterfully reinvented itself and its greatest franchise with 2018’s Game of the Year, God of War. In her role as VP of Product Development, Shannon helped smaller independent teams incubate within the studio, leading to groundbreaking works like Journey and The Unfinished Swan. All of PlayStation is better for and grateful of her many years of exemplary service and bold creative vision.

What do you expect from Google's newly formed Stadia-focused studio? Are Stadia exclusives the solution to the technology's success?