Google announced on Wednesday that it will acquire the virtual reality studio that created VR sensations Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality and Job Simulator. The studio will continue developing VR games, but the merger will allow it to invest more in its projects.
Owlchemy Labs Will Carry On Perfecting Hand Interactions
The studio managed to make a name for itself in the gaming industry by developing cutting edge VR games which perfectly mimic real hand gestures. After news of the acquisition had broken out, Owlchemy released an official statement, assuring fans that it will continue its strive to offer users the best virtual reality experiences possible.
“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 blog post provides an explanation of why the merger is the best thing that could have happened. According to them, the majority of small studios go out of business even if they provide quality services to users. To avoid the grim possibility of having to say goodbye to a job they love, the team of 23 enthusiastic owls responded with an eager yes when Google made an offer to take over the small studio.
Their Job Is Anything But Easy
In the same open letter, the company talks about its bumpy road to success. The first lines of code for Job Simulator were written in a time when people were still skeptic about the return of VR gaming, popular belief being the trend died in the 90s alongside neon colored clothes and chockers.
Nevertheless, that didn’t stop them from persevering, trying to create a game that makes the most out of current VR technology. When the product was finished, it was released as a day one launch title for PlayStation VR, Oculus and Touch, and HTC Vive.
Soon enough, the team started receiving praise for a job well done, winning awards, and earning enough capital to launch its second VR sensation, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Owlchemy Labs offers more than a perfectly designed virtual reality experience. It created two fully immersive games riddled with jokes, cultural references, and farcical tasks.
Google’s willingness to invest in the project is a clear sign that whatever the owls are currently working on will certainly raise to the expectations of the millions of fans who are “jobbing” or “Ricking” daily.
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