Google purchases VR company Owlchemy Labs

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Considering the limited number of devices are now capable of running on Daydream, Google is investing more into virtual reality to make its Android smartphone OS the de facto platform for VR through its Daydream initiative.

Founded in 2010, Owlchemy is a VR-focused games studio that created popular game titles like Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Google I/O has been a launchpad for many of Google's VR efforts, including Cardboard and Daydream, so it's quite possible that we get a glimpse at the future of the platform.

Google, while talking about the acquisition in a blog post said that the games of Owlchemy are, "really thoughtful interactive experiences that are responsive, intuitive, and feel natural".

Google is investing significant resources into virtual reality as it looks to make its Android smartphone OS the de facto platform for VR through its Daydream initiative. However, Owlchemy Labs is a real asset for Google. Both of Owlchemy's VR titles focus heavily on using your hands to interact with a plethora of objects in the virtual space. Owlchemy is responsible for the successful VR game "Job Simulator", and "Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality".

Google has released these products for purely non Google handsets like Tilt Brush and Google Earth.

The Austin-based firm confirmed the acquisition by Google in a blog post today. On Owlchemy's side, the studio wants its supporters to know that it will continue to "build quality multi-platform games, solve tough problems with a small but absurdly talented team and share its learnings with the community".

Google has added VR studio Owlchemy Labs to its portfolio, promising to continue developing engaging, immersive games on multiple platforms. Terms of the acquisition of Owlchemy Labs weren't revealed.

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