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VR studio Owlchemy Labs acquired by Google, devs happy

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Google has recently acquired Owlchemy Studios. The minds behind Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality have joined the Google family and will continue making the content we love them for, with Google in their corner.

Owlchemy Labs, the VR studio behind titles like Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality has been acquired by Google. "Today is a REAAAALLY BIG day for Owlchemy. We’re positively thrilled to announce that Owlchemy Labs has been acquired by Google!"

A blog post detailing the journey the Austin-based team has been on since they started their project in 2010 appeared on the studio's web page. 

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In the future, the studio will continue releasing "absurd and highly polished experiences" same as before, only now they will have Google watching their back. "Our plan to build awesome things will continue forward stronger than ever". The games Owlchemy studio makes in the future will find their way onto the HTC Vive, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR. 

"This means continuing to focus on hand interactions and high quality user experiences, like with Job Simulator. This means continuing our mission to build VR for everyone, and doing all of this as the same silly Owlchemy Labs you know and love." 

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Be prepared for those highly polished things "filled to the brim with terrible puns & jokes" the team revels in making. 

With this acquisition, Owlchemy joins the likes of Skillman & Hackett who became a part of the Google family in 2015. Google’s engineering director of VR and AR, Relja Markovic said that the team "set a high bar" for the VR medium. 

And set it high they did. Job simulator went on to become one of the most successful VR game titles to be released so far. It was the best selling game for the PlayStation VR store and even reached £2.33 million in revenue. 

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Mr Markovic added that "Together, we'll be working to create engaging, immersive games and developing new interaction models across many different platforms to continue bringing the best VR experiences to life. There is so much more to build and learn, so stay tuned."