Google has acquired Owlchemy Labs, the company that specializes in creating virtual reality based games. In the past, Owlchemy Labs has created notable VR games for HTC smartphones, Oculus and also Playstation VR. The acquisition was announced by both, Google and Owlchemy in a blog post on their respective blogs. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
The blog post does little more than mention the acquisition. It doesn’t talk of future plans for both these companies though Owlchemy clarified that it will continue to create VR games for HTC and other manufacturers. Google has been experimenting around VR and this merger takes things forward. Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
Currently, Google uses a remote for Daydream VR, which limits hand motion. Owlchemy, on the other hand, is known for the wide use of hand gestures in VR games. The new venture could help Google expand Daydream. Whether Owlchemy will work on making Daydream more open, and more advanced, or whether the two companies will work on creating a completely new VR product is unknown. However, if the blog post is anything to go by, it hints at a new product.
This means Owlchemy will continue building high quality VR content for platforms like the HTC Vive, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR. This means continuing to focus on hand interactions and high quality user experiences, like with Job Simulator. This means continuing our mission to build VR for everyone, and doing all of this as the same silly Owlchemy Labs you know and love. We are continuing to do all of this with even more support and focus on building awesome stuff. It s incredibly exciting that Google and Owlchemy are so well aligned on our goals and vision for the future of VR, the blog post reads. ALSO READ: Microsoft unveils View Mixed Reality app that will support augmented reality on any Windows 10 device
Owlchemy did not venture out directly into VR gaming, but experimented with traditionally games before getting into VR with the Oculus Rift in 2013. The journey hasn’t been easy, and the brand faced stiff opposition from multiple quarters. Many believed VR to be dead though Owlchemy s initial convictions won the day and today, the start-up is one of the biggest success stories in the world of VR. Owlchemy games have made millions, the most recent success being Job Simulator.
The upcoming Google I/O 2017 is expected to shed more light on this partnership and Google s future plans with VR. However, unlike multiple other brands, it is clear Google is betting big on VR and despite the system still being in nascent stages, Google is looking to leverage it and bet on it as the way ahead.