Owlchemy Labs the award winning creators of Job SImulator, Jack Lumber, and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality get acquired by Google.
Google has made an interesting play to solidify it's VR lineup for the future. Welcome Owlchemy Labs to Google. They've created award-winning games like Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. They have won multiple awards for their gameplay and interaction in Job Simulator, and became one of the most popular VR titles across the many platforms. They’ve helped set a high bar for what engagement can be like in virtual worlds, and do it all with a great sense of humor!
With several great moves Owlchemy did great job establishing themelves as a hit VR developer and right around their recent 6 year anniversary had turned that into a $5 million series A investment from Qualcomm Ventures, HTC, The VR Fund, Colopl Next, Capital Factory, and several Austin area investors. Now the team takes a huge leap by possibly becoming Google's go to VR dev team for some interesting IP. They already showed they can handle it with the excellent Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.
They team also pioneered a new way to show VR footage with a Spectator Mode for their games and built out a new depth-based mixed reality technique. From a small team in a bedroom in Boston to a 16 person industry respected game development company Owlchemy Labs has a bright future. Take a look at one of their early Pre VR games.