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.
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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.
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.
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