Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality – Available Now!

Wubba lubba dub dub!! After over a year in development, we’re proud to be launching Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality today on the HTC Vive and Oculus + Touch! Check out the brand-new launch trailer below::

You can buy the game right-freaking-now for both HTC Vive and Oculus + Touch. Links here!
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/469610/
Oculus Store: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1196665787048646/

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality out now!!

Working on an IP where almost everyone in the studio was already OBSESSED with the show was really an awesome experience. The entire team came to the project with incredible enthusiasm and hit the ground running. We learned so much about creating bipedal 3D characters in VR, building intuitive character interactions, portals, and, of course, the intricacies of Plumbus physics. We’re truly proud of what we’ve created here and we’re really excited for fans to get their virtual hands on this!

Also, we couldn’t have asked for better partners to bring this game to market! Adult Swim Games and the Rick and Morty show team have been endlessly supportive of us and our development process, believing in us while we exclaimed wildly, trying to describe our style of VR development. They trusted us with their beloved characters, knowing that we were ridiculous fans of the show before we started work on the VR game. We certainly couldn’t have done it without their help and support!

The Rickest part of Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

And of course a very important thanks to Justin Roiland! Without him, this project wouldn’t have even existed. It was our first meeting that cemented the idea that building a VR game in Rick’s garage would be awesome, and his unique brand of VO really brings together the humor and magic of Rick and Morty! Honestly, we don’t know how he still has a functioning voice after doing all of those Rick recordings.

The Mortyest part of Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

So the game is finally polished and ready to squanch right into your living rooms. It’s been months and months of prototyping, testing, and experimenting to create something we’re truly proud of and feels like an honest extension of the show. Sometimes VR is a lot more art than science, eh Morty?

And that’s the wayyy the news goes!
-Owls

Job Simulator Wins At Choice Awards + JobBot Plush Adventure at GDC!

The Owls are back from GDC and what a ridiculously amazing event this one was! Four talks, five panels, a Unity Keynote, and endless high-fives! Crowning the entire event was our enormous win at the Game Developer’s Choice Award, where Job Simulator took home Best VR/AR Game!

Owlchemy Labs takes home Best VR/AR Game at the Game Developers Choice Awards!

Owlchemy Labs is elated to receive the Choice Award for Best VR/AR Game.   The Owlchemy Labs team poses backstage after receiving the Choice Award.

This is a big one for us. This was the first year of commercial VR, and the first time GDCA even offered this as a category. Being selected as winner for this award says a lot about what the industry believes VR should be: high-quality, active VR with hands that’s built from the ground-up specifically for VR. We’re beyond thrilled for this honor, and we can’t wait to continue the tradition of making excellent, ridiculous VR experiences in the future!

OFFICIAL JOB SIMULATOR MERCHANDISE

On top of that, we were elated to get a first glimpse at physical Job Simulator merch made by our friends at iam8bit! They’re bringing all of our virtual goodness into actual reality. Those who were at GDC were able to visit the iam8bit booth in the Official GDC Merch Store and get their hands on our JobBot plush pull-string toy, launching later this year! This was our first time actually touching it, so we were quite excited 😉

Everyone loves the new JobBot toy plush!

All of our Job Simulator Official [Human] Merchandise is available for purchase on the iam8bit store. From a talking JobBot plush toy to t-shirts, magnets, pins, and posters– we’re happy to offer so many different ways to show your love for JOB!

Official Human Merchandise for Job Simulator is available on iam8bit.

The Job Simulator JobBot Plush is available for pre-order on iam8bit.com! It can even be thrown at a wall, because we know from our time in VR that throwing things at high velocity is what people truly want to do, deep down.

JobBot was so happy to meet everyone that he took on San Francisco and the Game Developers Conference on his own! Here are some highlights from JobBot’s adventure.

ADVENTURES OF JOBBOT AT GDC


JobBot takes the town in an adventure unlike any other seen before!
JobBot takes the town in an adventure unlike any other seen before!

JobBot is loved by all, including Owlchemy Labs and friends from Radial Games!
JobBot is loved by all, including Owlchemy Labs and friends from Radial Games!

Rez Infinite creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi gives JobBot his congratulations for winning Best AR/VR Game at the Game Developers Choice Awards!
Rez Infinite creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi gives JobBot his congratulations for winning Best AR/VR Game at the Game Developers Choice Awards!

JobBot rolls out to party with all of their friends during GDC!
JobBot rolls out to party with all of their friends during GDC!

After a week of panels, partying, and chatting with friends both new and old, it’s time for JobBot to rest. Good night, JobBot!
After a week of panels, partying, and chatting with friends both new and old, it’s time for JobBot to rest. Good night, JobBot!
 

Check out the Official [Human] Merchandise for Job Simulator here!

-Owls

OwlchemyMR Mixed Reality Update 3

We are pleased to share another update on OwlchemyMR (formerly OwlchemyVR Mixed Reality)! We’ve added even more features and improvements since our last update. Here are a few we’re excited to highlight:

If you haven’t read our prior announcements, you’ll first want to get some background information by checking out our first and second blog posts covering our mixed reality solution. It lets you combine live video footage with complex virtual reality gameplay in real-time and in-engine — resulting in the best way to show off the magic of VR.

In this update, we’d like to showcase how our tech solves the problem of Mixed Reality blindness:

 

OUTSIDE-IN LIVE PREVIEW!

Peer into mixed reality in real-time on the camera!


Peer into mixed reality in real-time!

Since our mixed reality solution is in-engine and in real-time, a small external screen can be mounted to your camera rig. Using a simple HDMI connection, you can have a live view into the virtual world without any additional overhead! This makes getting great mixed reality shots much easier. You’ll also see we are using a custom-made 3D printed OwlMount to pair a ZED depth camera with one of the upcoming Vive Trackers.

 

IN-VR MIXED REALITY PREVIEW!

See mixed reality from inside VR!


See what you look like from inside VR!

Blindness in VR is a huge problem. We often hear players saying, “can you see what’s happening?” over and over again. Now we have a solution! We created a virtual mixed reality preview screen inside the environment, that corresponds with the exact location of the real-world camera. This gives actors new abilities that were previously unavailable such as framing a shot exactly as they want, or being able to talk directly to their audience. It’s also a ton of fun seeing yourself mixed directly into the VR environment and our in-engine solution allows this all to happen live!

 

NEW MIXED REALITY DEMO AND IMPROVED DYNAMIC LIGHTING!

Smoother, better, and more realistic-er!


Improved dynamic lighting!

We’ve made major improvements to how dynamic lights illuminate the player in mixed reality, providing smoother, more realistic lighting across the board. Our new Mixed Reality demo scene showcases these new lighting improvements, as well as many of the other advanced capabilities of OwlchemyMR in one fun mixed reality playground!

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

We’re continuing to add advanced features to OwlchemyMR, refine our compositing techniques, and increase the overall quality of the tool. When we have more to share about the future of OwlchemyMR and how you might be able to get your hands on it, we’ll let you know! Our signup form is located here!