It looks like Google is getting really interested in the virtual reality scene, recently acquiring one of the most successful developers in the business.
The team over at Owlchemy Labs recently announced that they have been acquired by Google. They dished all of the details over on the company blog recently and, from the sounds of things, they're as pleased as punch by the whole thing. The mood of the update is extremely positive, with the post making it sound like Google is going to let the developers do their thing while providing additional support. In other words, if it ain't broke, don't fix it; but maybe go ahead and buy it because it's rad and likely to keep making cool games that lots of people will want to play. That's how that saying goes, right?
Of course, Owlchemy didn't get their start in the VR space. They released a handful of smaller games like Snuggle Truck, Jack Lumber and Dyscourse, which earned the studio a loyal following. The roof got blown off the place once VR dropped, though, as they were pretty much first on the scene with one of the platform's biggest hits: Job Simulator.
As the post explains, Owlchemy has since moved their entire focus over to VR. The studio started with just four members and has since ballooned to 23. According to their brief history lesson, the team became enamored with VR as soon as they got their hands on the new tech and immediately started working on what would become Job Simulator. They polished the hell out of the game and had it ready for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR at launch. The secret to their success was not just that they were available on all of those platforms from day one, but that they had built a fully realized, fun game.
Job Simulator has since been followed by Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality, which is another hit amongst fans and critics alike.
In other words, it's no surprise they caught the eye of Google. And if you're going to invest in a developer for a new platform, you might as well back the one that's creating the most waves courtesy of quality games.
While no numbers were thrown around concerning the acquisition, the team at Owlchemy are very upbeat about the shift, saying that, with Google on their team, their "plan to build awesome things will continue forward stronger than ever."
If Google really is letting Owlchemy Labs do what they do best, then this could mean great things for VR. I mean, what could be better than a group of talented game designers suddenly having a behemouth like Google at their back? We look forward to seeing what they come up with next.