You only need to watch a couple of minutes of Adult Swim’s mind-warpingly hilarious animated show, Rick and Morty, to figure out that co-creator and voice actor Justin Roiland is a creative genius.
Three seasons later, he’s moving on to another challenge: Developing VR games. Roiland has teamed up with former Epic Games executive producer Tanya Watson to launch Squanchtendo, a game studio focused exclusively on VR titles.Another conference. “Great.”
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The cartoonist told PC Gamer last year that he’s extremely enthusiastic about VR gaming; he said that he’d filled three spiral-bound notebooks with ideas for story arcs and level designs. In fact, he’s already working with Owlchemy Labs, the company behind Job Simulator, on a VR title called Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality.
Now, it looks like he’s finally making those dreams a reality. Roiland told Polygon that he believes even small teams can deliver AAA experiences in VR:
That’s kind of the goal for whatever we do at the studio. Make sure our content is narratively engaging, meets a sort of baseline criteria for the dos and don’t of VR and making sure people don’t sick in our game.
Having already found a partner in crime in Watson, who previously worked on Gears of War titles, as well as Fortnite and Bulletstorm (one of my favorite shooters ever),
Roiland is now looking to grow Squanchtendo’s team: The studio has open positions for designers, artists, animators and programmers. We can’t wait to see what Roiland and Co. come up with.