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Rick & Morty Creator Founds VR Games Studio

Alex Spencer

SquanchtendoWith the first consumer version of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive having finally launched, and Sony's PS VR expected before the end of the year, 2016 has been a year of VR headset releases. But the technology is still sorely lacking in software – the thing that will ultimately convince users to adopt VR.

Justin Roiland, best known as the co-creator of animated TV series Rick & Morty, is hoping to change that with his new company, Squanchtendo. Co-founded with Tanya Watson, formerly executive producer at Gears of War developer Epic Games, the studio plans to create ' funny, imaginative, story-driven VR game experiences of all sizes across all VR platforms'.

The launch was announced, in trademark Roiland fashion, through a hand-drawn comic that introduced the founders, their mission to "make some crazy old VR games" and the company's apparent mascot, Splzooshly, with plenty of off-beat humour.

If Squanchtendo can bring that kind of style to its final releases, it could prove to be exactly what VR is looking for.