Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind the popular virtual reality game Job Simulator, has been acquired by Google.
All 23 of the Austin-based studio’s employees will join Google to work on new titles, and will continue to produce experiences for all their platforms. The deal comes as Google push increasing resources and investment into virtual reality, following the release of their new Google Daydream headset.
Owlchemy’s most recent game was release on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive just last month, featuring the characters and world of Rick and Morty. Their most famous title Job Simulator was a launch title for the Vive and PlayStation VR, meaning for many early adopters it was one of their first experiences in virtual gaming. The game simulated regular office life in our time, but from the perspective of well-intentioned robots in the future who have a less than perfect understanding of our reality. It’s funny, it’s engaging and it perfectly shows off what the technology is capable of.
The studio is known for creating games with a great sense of humour, and each of their projects have been a credit to the virtual reality industry as a whole so it will be exciting to see what they can achieve with Google behind them.