Justin Roiland made a game!
For those of you who don’t know who that is, Roiland is one of the creators of the Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty. He also does a lot of the character designs, and voices many of the characters including both Rick and Morty. For those who don’t know what Rick and Morty is STOP IT. Stop reading and immediately go watch the show in its entirety. It’s not only a hilarious show, it’s also extremely smart and well written.
So anyways… Justin Roiland made a game! And the way he stumbled into the studio who helped accomplish this is absolutely perfect.
The story was originally covered by Polygon, but here’s the summary:
Justin Roiland was at Respawn’s offices (Titan Fall developer) and tweeted out that he was interested in a tour. William Pugh, the designer of The Stanley Parable, and head of indie studio Crows Crows Crows promptly responded to Roiland, “I am from Respawn”. The problem with that being that he’s NOT from Respawn.
Roiland began to message Pugh telling him that he was in the lobby and ready for a tour, and Pugh frantically tweeted out:
“Who is from Respawn and is a Rick and Morty fan - because I need to make a thing right!! Please let me know ASAP so I can not be awful!!”
Roiland and Pugh eventually started speaking and found out that they are mutual fans of each other’s work. They met up sometime afterwards to design the game and record the mostly improvised dialogue.
Roiland formed his own video game studio Squanchtendo with the help of a 10 year veteran from Epic Games, Tanya Watson. Watson is the former Executive Producer of games like Gears of War 3. she’s got some experience in the industry. Together the two of them in collaboration with Crows Crows Crows made Accounting - a VR game about accounting? I think?
In Accounting you start off in an office accomplishing tasks for your job as a number cruncher until you slip on a VR device (in the game this happens) and you are transported to a dark-comedy surreal land. Just watch the video. Shit gets weird.
Accounting is FREE on Steam and available right now. If you have a Vive pick it up and let me know how it is! I'm so sad it's only on Vive right now. Please, Mr. Roiland, port this to PSVR.