With the launch of Google Cardboard and Daydream, it is no secret that Google is interested in pursuing virtual reality (VR). We’ve seen the company make some headway in that regards, and it looks like they’re taking things even further as they have announced that they have acquired VR developers Owlchemy Labs.
For those unfamiliar with Owlchemy Labs, they are the company behind VR games/apps such as Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, which is based on the popular cartoon TV series Rick and Morty. One of the signatures of the developers is their hand tracking in which they attempt to closely mimic the use of real hands in VR, making users feel like those are their real hands.
In a post on their website, Owlchemy Labs wrote, “Over those years, we learned that Owlchemy, at its core, cares deeply about a few key things: building quality multi-platform games, solving tough problems with a small but absurdly talented team, sharing our learnings with the community, and Austin’s famous tacos. Now, 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.”
The developer also stated that despite being acquired by Google, they will continue to develop VR content for other platforms, such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR, so fret not if you were worried about Google suddenly making it an exclusive.