Owlchemy is a popular VR game studio who have received worldwide acclaim for Job Simulator and their Rick and Morty game. Founded in 2010, Owlchemy has been functioning on seed funding from Capital Factory, Qualcomm Ventures, Colopl VR Fund, HTC and The Venture Reality Fund amounting to over $5 million and currently builds content for platforms like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PS VR.
But recently, the founding team of the Austin-based studio announced their new deal with Google in a blog post that said, “As we look to the future with Google by our side, we couldn’t be happier. Our plan to build awesome things will continue forward stronger than ever.”
Owlchemy Labs is famous for its focus on hand interactions and high-quality user experiences, like with Job Simulator. While the lab assures that they will be holding on to their signature content and technology, only now with backing from Google, we can’t help but wonder how they’ll gel with Google’s previous VR holdings.
Google's latest entry in the market is Daydream, a hardware and software platform unveiled late last year that runs off of Google's Android mobile operating system and helps any Android phone manufacturer create a VR headset themselves.
So with Owlchemy joining Google’s Daydream division, the giant will now be developing its own VR content besides making headsets and working with Augmented Reality. The acquisition is huge for the future of the VR community, looking at a forward looking company like Google backing one of the best players in the industry.
Although the technical and financial details of the acquisition are yet to be released, looking at how excited both the firms are about the deal, it IS safe to say everything’s going smoothly, and we could be expecting some very exciting things from the collaboration in the coming years.