Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind Job Simulator and Rick & Morty: Virtual Rick-ality has been acquired by Google to work on new VR projects in house at the search giant. It’s an interesting move, but one that makes sense as Google continue to explore the potential of their smartphone oriented Daydream VR platform. Adding a studio with a habit of creating games that can easily gain traction on streaming platforms seems pretty logical.
Writing on their blog, Owlchemy said:
Owlchemy Labs makes things that are absurd, highly polished, and filled to the brim with terrible puns & jokes that we love making. We both believe that VR is the most accessible computing platform and that there’s a ton of work to be done, especially with regards to natural and intuitive interactions. Together with Google, with which we share an incredible overlap in vision, we’re free to pursue raw creation and sprint toward interesting problems in these early days of VR.
They also extend their thanks to those who have supported them over the years and their investors who helped them get where they are before signing off:
We’re insanely excited to join the Google family and we cannot freaking wait to show you what we’re concocting next at Owlchemy Labs. The future of VR is extremely bright, so we’re donning our lab goggles just in case.
The main downside to this will be if it means that those with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR are now unable to join in the madcap shenanigans of whatever Owlchemy work on next.