The Steam store page for Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality has been updated to include the game’s release date: April 20, 2017.
The game is being developed by Owlchemy Labs (creators of VR title Job Simulator) and published by Adult Swim Games. It was announced in mid-2016 and immediately followed by the launch of Justin Roiland’s creation of his very own VR game studio Squanchtendo Games. Although Mr. Roiland was working on building a VR studio, he elected to put the Rick and Morty property in the hands of Owlchemy Labs who already had a bit of experience with working in VR.
Players will take on the role of a Morty clone and “all the trauma that comes with it”. They’ll be able to enter portals to strange worlds, assist Rick with his insane experiments, and liberally trash the virtual reality world around them. A short 15-second trailer was released to coincide with the announcement of the launch date. It shows the player taking on the perspective of Morty, picking up a plumbus, smashing a window, and getting a quick look around the family garage.
What exactly the game will entail is not yet known. The Steam store page boasts that you’ll be able to “Get yelled at by Rick, and question your own self worth.” and that the game includes “Real fake doors!”. The description suggests that you’ll be given instructions by Rick and that you can choose whether or not to follow them; this may hint at similar gameplay to Job Simulator where players were assigned tasks by Job Bots but given a lot of leeway in how they chose to accomplish them (if they bothered with completing the jobs at all).
The price of Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality hasn’t yet been announced. Being a virtual reality title, it requires either an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive along with handheld controllers. If you’re impatient and would like to sate your appetite for Mr. Roiland’s particular brand of humor in a VR environment, you can hold yourself over by playing Squanchtendo Games’ VR title Accounting for free on Steam.
What do you think of Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality? Do you think it will offer an interesting look into the Rick and Morty universe or do you think it will lean more towards a themed sandbox filled with references? Let us know in the comments below!