Google has long been involved in the propagation of VR as a medium (both entertainment and utility) – notably through their efforts in pushing Google Cardboard and now, Google Daydream devices, and through the Google Earth app.
Owlchemy Labs is known in the VR industry as true innovators and one of the most experienced studios creating entertaining content that embraces the unique capability and current limitations of the VR medium, and creates masterpieces from these – titles like Job Simulator and the more recent Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality which makes use of great object interactions and humor to sell thousands of units.
With Google’s acquisition of Owlchemy, two companies with the same passion for the medium is combining to create a real juggernaut that will continue creating games for all the major platforms – HTC, Oculus and Sony. It’s exciting to think that we can expect games inspired by the Job Simulator formula combined with the resources of the search giant in the near future. The Owlchemy team’s enthusiasm is obvious even from their blog post.
“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.
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.”
I’m personally looking forward to the titles coming out from their studios.