Google-owned Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind VR classics like Job Simulator and Vacation Simulator, has confirmed that it’s working on a new VR project after running quiet for much of the year.

Owlchemy Labs has been around since the early days of the modern VR era, with the studio’s first major title, Job Simulator, bundled as a launch title for the HTC Vive in 2016.

After being acquired by Google in 2017, the studio went on to release Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017) and Vacation Simulator (2019), with most of the studio’s games being ported widely across VR platforms.

Since Vacation Simulator, and a few post-launch updates, Owlchemy has been pretty quiet about what might be next. Especially considering Google’s hasty retreat away from VR, it wasn’t necessarily clear that there even would be a ‘next’.

Luckily the lauded studio has affirmed that it’s alive and well and working on its next project, which the studio has confirmed to Road to VR is definitely a VR game.

“Owlchemy is working on a brand new game and we can’t wait to share details in the coming months!” the studio says. Owlchemy is currently hiring five new positions to support ongoing development.

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It remains to be seen whether the studio will continue to build on the success of its Simulator franchise, or branch off into something new. It wouldn’t be surprising if they stick to what works; Owlchemy is one of the only studios to consistently have two titles among the 20 best rated Quest games, and has topped many charts over the years.

Hopefully it won’t be too long yet before we find out exactly what’s in development. The studio said fans can expect to here something concrete about its next game some time this year.

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  • 3872Orcs

    Good! I was afraid Google had shelved everything VR. Though for their next game I really would want something entirely new.

  • “Can’t wait to share it in the coming months!!”
    Christ on the Cross, I can’t say how much I DESPISE
    this bullshit of “teasing” stuff that’s months — or still years! — away.
    This is the Digital Age — patience thresholds are measured in DAYS.
    Ask George Lucas how the “Make ‘Em Wait” strategy worked out for HIM …

    • Juan Ritz

      Take a breath. You’ll make it through this.

    • dmbfk

      Love how you ask Owlchemy Labs to “ask George Lucas”. Pretty sure they will have called him immediately after reading that and are now rethinking their business strategy…

  • Cool! Let’s hope it will be a new original game!

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