Squanch this: Rick and Morty creator and Epic Games expat found VR studio Squanchtendo

Brodie Fogg 26 August 2016

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The voice and brain behind Adult Swim's Rick and Morty has founded a virtual reality studio with Epic Games' Tanya Watson.

Rick and Morty co-creator and voice actor Justin Roiland is a big fan of virtual reality (VR). After the relatively recent announcement of Virtual Rick-ality, an HTC Vive game set it in the Rick and Morty universe, Roiland has co-founded his very own VR development studio with the help of Tanya Watson, a seriously talented game dev veteran with Gears of War 1, 2 and 3, Bulletstorm and Fortnite under her belt.

The dream of opening a VR studio began when Roiland's first experience with the Oculus DK2 inspired him to use the emerging tech to combine comedy and gameplay. We've already seen the kind of unintentional comedy that can be created by throwing a VR headset on, so an actual comedic genius behind the steering wheel makes perfect sense.

Most impressive is Tanya Watson's involvement in the studio. Former executive producer at Epic Games, Tanya has shipped a number of top-shelf titles like Unreal Tournament 3, Gears 1, 2 and 3, Bulletstorm and Fortnite. Watson's experience legitimises Squanchtendo as a serious studio to pay attention to.

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No projects have been announced yet, but Squanchtendo is on the hunt for artists, designers, programmers and admin. You can subscribe to the mailing list for future updates and follow the Squanchtendo Twitter account for news and announcements.

If you're interested in what Squanchtendo has to offer, here's the inspirational mission statement from co-founder, Justin Roiland:

We just want to make super duper games dooood

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