In May 2017, amid a major virtual reality push, Google announced that it was acquiring Owlchemy Labs. Known for Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, Owlchemy has shared today that he is creating a new virtual reality game.
No other details have been shared with Road to VR today, other than the fact that the studio is currently hiring to support development and that it will “share details in the coming months.” The announcement came after a quiet period from the studio.
Announcing that Owlchemy Labs joined Google four years ago, the company said it “cares[d] much about building and investing in compelling, high-quality and interactive virtual reality experiences ”. Google praised the study for “truly reflective interactive experiences that are responsive, intuitive, and feel natural.”
They have helped set a high bar when it comes to engagement in virtual worlds and they do it all with a great sense of humor.
Together, we will work to create engaging and immersive games and develop new models of interaction on many different platforms to continue bringing to life the best virtual reality experiences. There is so much more to build and learn, so stay tuned!
Since Google’s acquisition, Owlchemy released Vacation Simulator in 2019 and subsequent DLC updates. This title is available on Steam VR, Oculus Rift / Quest and PlayStation VR. Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality and job simulation has a similar availability.
As a telephone approach to virtual reality, Daydream did not have the power to run these titles. Of course, Daydream no longer sees active development, as Google has retired from virtual reality to augmented reality in recent years. With this decline, Google has opened up the Tilt Brush VR paint app and shut down other tools for creators.
Today it focuses on products like Lens, Live View on Google Maps and RA Search Experiences.
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