It was reported last year that Google was eyeing certain developers to purchase and make 1st party, but we don't know which studios they were eyeing and rather or not they actually bought them. Even if they did buy some 1st parties already, unless they were specifically looking for studios that had in-development, unannounced games that were at least 50% complete, and bought both the studio and the game rights rom whoever was publishing it, it is unlikely that they will have many 1st party games in the first couple of years of the 9th gen. That seems to be why they are making deals for 3rd party exclusives from publishers like Sega and Ubisoft, to supplement their exclusive lineup until they can build up a strong 1st party.
As for what 1st party studios they might have been eyeing, it is hard to say, we don't know if they were looking at smaller AA devs mostly, like Microsoft, or if they were looking at big AAA's. One thing is for sure, AAA's would cost alot to buy, here are some independent AAA's they could be looking at if they are willing to shell out some big money: Gearbox, Crytek, 4A, CD Projekt, Techland, and Sumo. They could even look into buying a whole AAA publisher like Bethesda if they really wanted to break into the market, but I highly doubt they would make a move that big right out of the gate, they will wait and see if the console and streaming service are a success before they make any moves that big I think.
1st party genre wise, they will most likely want:
-At least 1 multiplayer shooter
-At least 1 RPG
-At least 1 platformer
-At least 1 racing game
-At least 1 action-adventure game
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 11 March 2019