If today hadn’t already had several big announcements here’s another. Google has acquired Job Simulator developer Owlchemy Labs it’s now been revealed.
In a blog posting on the studio’s website the team said: “Today is a REAAAALLY BIG day for Owlchemy. We’re positively thrilled to announce that Owlchemy Labs has been acquired by Google! Now, as we look to the future with Google by our side, we couldn’t be happier. Our plan to build awesome things will continue forward stronger than ever.”
Job Simulator was Owlchemy Labs’ first virtual reality (VR) title, launching alongside the HTC Vive, before coming to Oculus Rift with Touch and PlayStation VR. A that multiplatform support is set to continue with the studio confirming: “This means Owlchemy will continue building high quality VR content for platforms like the HTC Vive, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR. This means continuing to focus on hand interactions and high quality user experiences, like with Job Simulator.”
The studio’s most recent endeavour was Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality which has seen rave reviews across the board. VRFocus awarded it the full 5-stars saying: “Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is a madcap, fun filled adventure from start to finish, perfectly suiting VR’s qualities, it should not be missed.”
As for the future of Owlchemy Labs, it seems as if Google is giving the team free rein to do what they do best: “Owlchemy Labs makes things that are absurd, highly polished, and filled to the brim with terrible puns & jokes that we love making.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.”
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Owlchemy Labs and Google, reporting back with the latest project developments from the new collaboration.