Justin Roiland, co-creator of popular Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty, has founded a gaming studio called Squanchtendo as reported by Gamnesia.
The announcement came in the form of a comic hosted on the company’s official website. Justin Roiland has not begun this endeavor alone. His co-founder is Tanya Watson, a former producer from Epic Games with experience working on the first three Gears of War games as well as Bulletstorm.
Mr. Roiland states on the company’s about page that his desire to create games kicked in when he tried an Oculus Rift DK2 VR headset firsthand. He’s been a gamer his entire life, and his knowledge of gaming culture has occasionally found its way woven into the plot threads of his show Rick and Morty. Valve employees Gabe Newell, Erik Wolpaw, and Jay Pinkerton did a guest commentary for a Season 2 episode. In turn, some games have given shout-outs to the show such as the Rick and Morty announcer pack for Dota 2 or an easter egg on a poster in The Division.
The studio’s mission statement is to make a mix of VR experiences ranging from deep, immersive games that you can get lost in for hours at a time to shorter experiences. They’re also looking for people to join their team, and those efforts seem to be successful going by this tweet from the company’s official account:
— Squanchtendo Games (@squanchtendo) August 26, 2016
The studio announcement comes on the heels of Adult Swim announcing Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality. This title is being developed by Owlchemy Labs who are perhaps best known for developing Smuggletruck (and its cutesy version Snuggletruck) as well as Job Simulator.
What do you think of this new gaming studio by Justin Roiland? Do you think Squanchtendo will be able to put out quality products? Do you think his style of humor combined with Tanya Watson’s experience in the industry will result in good games? Let us know in the comments below!