Big news from Google ahead of the weekend. The Internet search giant and technology innovator has acquired Owlchemy Studios, a thriving VR gaming outfit widely respected in its industry.
“We set out on a journey over six years ago to build the kinds of games we wanted to see exist. 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,” the Owlchemy team says. “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.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed as of this writing.
Owlchemy, we’re told, “will continue building high quality VR content for platforms like the HTC Vive, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR.”
This means continuing to focus on hand interactions and high quality user experiences, like with Job Simulator. This means continuing our mission to build VR for everyone, and doing all of this as the same silly Owlchemy Labs you know and love. We are continuing to do all of this with even more support and focus on building awesome stuff. It’s incredibly exciting that Google and Owlchemy are so well aligned on our goals and vision for the future of VR.
To read the full announcement from Owlchemy and what the acquisition may mean for Google and the near future of virtual reality, click here.