Job Simulator Developer Owlchemy Labs Joins Google

The Verge points out that might make the acquisition an investment by Google into the next generation of VR, be it a newer version of Daydream or a completely new platform in the future.

Google is no stranger to virtual reality, having launched its Cardboard and Daydream platforms during the past couple of years.

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.

In a blog post, Google's AR and VR engineering director Relja Markovic praised Owlchemy games as "really thoughtful interactive experiences that are responsive, intuitive, and feel natural". Owlchemy Labs made Snuggle Truck [Free] and Jack Lumber [Free] for mobile, eventually branching out early into the VR space, where they likely have the number-one selling VR game in Job Simulator. Although Owlchemy has produced Android games in the past, as of yet none of their VR works have been for the platform.

The statement continues: "Our plan to build awesome things will continue forward stronger than ever".

In a blog post, the studio said, "Today is a REAAAALLY BIG day for Owlchejmy". It's worth noting that Google's top video game maker recently departed the company for personal reasons, which means that pulling Owlchemy Labs into the fold could be just what Google needs to get their game development efforts back into full swing.

Google's latest virtual reality acquisition is a studio well known to VR gamers.

"We ignored the cries of 'But VR died in the 90s!' and we instead spent over a year envisioning what was possible with a tracked head and hands", Owlchemy said.

  • Carolyn Briggs