Google is continuing its expansion in the field of virtual reality with the acquisition of Owlchemy Labs. This six-year-old studio creates video games and is the one behind Job Simulator, one of the first games available when launching HTC Vive, Oculus Rift + Touch and PlayStation VR. Google did not disclose the financial details of this transaction.
For those who fear that the studio will begin to develop exclusively for the Google Daydream mobile headset in the future, Owlchemy Labs teams are likely to continue their content creation work with an emphasis on Google’s DayDream platform. However, the start-up said that it expects to remain open to other products. This means that Owlchemy will continue to create high-quality VR content for platforms such as HTC Vive, Oculus Touch and PlayStation VR. This involves continuing to focus on hands-on interactions and high-flight user experiences, as with Job Simulator. It also means continuing their mission of developing virtual reality to the public and doing all this with the same delusional mind people know and love. They continue to do all this with even more means.
“Together, we will work to create attractive and immersive games and develop new interaction models in many different platforms to continue to experience the best experiences of virtual reality,” adds Google.
“We have a great vision for virtual and augmented reality,” says Google VR and AR-head Relja Markovic. “Daydream is a great product, but there are still a lot of things coming.”
In January, the company revealed that Job Simulator had recorded revenue of more than $ 3 million (about $ 9.5 million in direct conversion) since April last year. More recently, the studio announced its second title, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, game inspired by the namesake design and developed in partnership Adult Swim Games.
For Google, the acquisition means a powerful boost to its virtual reality area, focused today on the development of Daydream VR glasses, available for some Android devices. According to Owlchemy itself, however, the company should continue to develop content for other VR devices.
Google developer conference I/O starts on 17 May. Although no new announcements from Owlchemy are expected, since Google probably shows its latest steps in the field of virtual reality.