Just earlier today, Justin Roiland, the creator of the comedy sci-fi show Rick and Morty, announced a new VR games company with a comic. The new VR studio, Squanchtendo, has been founded by the aforementioned Roiland as well as Tanya Watson, an ex-producer at Epic Games who worked on series like Gears of War and Bullet Storm.
According to the
official site, the studio is devoted to creating games that they would want to play themselves along with creating experiences that people want to share. Squanchtendo is currently looking to hire interested candidates in all areas from production, design, and VR development.
Roiland is no stranger to video games, as Rick and Morty has previously referenced gaming in all sorts of ways. One clip famous among gamers features Rick scheming to flip Nintendo’s limited edition Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL for cash, a reference to the famously high demand the system had in real life.
But Virtual Reality isn’t unfamiliar to Roiland either. Rick and Morty once featured an impressively forward-thinking bit about a VR game called “Roy,” where players live out the entire life of some guy named Roy, bending their perception of in-game time to extend an entire human lifetime. More recently Adult Swim announced a Rick and Morty VR game called Virtual Rick-ality, which you can learn more about right here.
With the news of Squanchtendo, it would seem Roiland is more serious about virtual reality than just a few cartoon gags. Perhaps Roy will become a reality one day.
You can find the comic Roiland created to announce Squanchtendo below.
If you’re interested in more information, Squanchtendo’s official site gives a good look at the company through the lens of the humor stylings of Roiland.