Over the past 5 months, Owlchemy Labs has been lucky enough to play a part in one of the most incredible, secretive, and fulfilling initiatives we’ve ever been privy to.
We are very excited to finally announce our involvement on the SteamVR project.
Today we are announcing a brand new Owlchemy Labs IP built exclusively for VR platforms called Job Simulator. It will be playable in SteamVR at Valve’s GDC booth starting March 4th!
The path that lead us to this moment is quite insane, and we’re still in the process of unpacking it all.
Ever since the Oculus Rift Kickstarter, we’ve been fervent believers in the potential of VR and ecstatic about the forthcoming widespread consumer adoption of such a transformative new medium. When the first Oculus development kit was released, we saw the potential and knew it would play a very important part in the future of Owlchemy Labs.
We were lucky to have access to an existing title (Aaaaa! For the Awesome!) that we’d built, which was an incredible match for the Oculus DK1, so we set out to build Aaaaaculus!, one of the first fully-featured VR games. We learned an incredible amount throughout development and the more we explored the fertile design-space that VR affords, the more we wanted to move into this new space. The last two years have been incredible and we’ve managed to accomplish some pretty crazy things:
- #2 downloaded Oculus Share game – Aaaaaculus!
- Highest Grossing mobile VR game – Caaaaardboard!
- Built one of the first and most downloaded VR games on Steam – Aaaaa! for the Awesome!
- Spoke on VR at the first Steam Dev Days as well as PAX, Unite, and SXSW
- Organized the first positional tracked VR game jam
It’s thrilling to play a part in the upcoming explosion of consumer VR and we’re proud to add another amazing opportunity to the list by being one of only a few select developers building content for some of the most incredible VR hardware in the world.
Our friends and family have been incredibly supportive by putting up with our vaguebooking™ and cryptic tweets about “the future”. It’s been so hard to keep this stuff to ourselves and can’t wait to talk all about it this week!
Seeing our company logo along side Valve’s in the HTC announcement keynote is surely a pivotal moment for Owlchemy Labs and we simply cannot wait for folks to experience Job Simulator at GDC.
We’ll have more details in the coming days.