Rick and Morty creator leaves the studio behind the game's massive hit

Rick and Morty creator leaves the studio behind the game’s massive hit

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Justin Roiland will be leaving Squanch Games just one month after the comedy shootout high on life had become The most popular Xbox Game Pass launch in 2022. Co-founder of the studio who voted for many high on lifecharacters offline He faces two felony domestic violence charges from 2020.

Squanch Games announced the news late Tuesday, shortly after Adult Swim revealed it was Drop Roiland from Rick and Morty also. But it appears the CEO’s resignation actually happened more than a week ago on Jan. 16, four days after news of the domestic violence charges first emerged (to which Roiland pleaded not guilty), and three days after they became public. my city It was first reported in A 2018 lawsuit Accusation of studio harassment and discrimination in the workplace (settled in 2019).

“The passionate team at Squanch will continue to develop games we know our fans will love while continuing to support and improve.” high on life“,” studio chirp yesterday. Squanch Games did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why Roiland resigned, whether it knew of any other allegations involving him or the studio, and whether he still owned any ownership rights in Squanch.

Co-founded by Roiland and former Epic Games executive producer Tanya Watson in 2016, Squanch Games’ early projects included virtual reality games Accounting And Dr. Spurchy Presents: Space Heroes. This was followed in 2019 by the Action Platform Trover saves the universe. Each of them relied heavily on Roiland’s vocal performances which were highly reminiscent of his own work Rick and Morty.

Last few years high on life, which launched exclusively on Google Stadia, was the studio’s biggest game to date. in my citySpecial reviewIn Exclaim!, writer Alyssa Mercante found the humor disturbing and felt the gritty gags overstayed their welcome, but was pleasantly surprised by the visual style and gunplay. The game similarly divided other critics, but audiences flocked to it on Xbox and PC where it was available the first day on Game Pass.

Whether it was due to the game’s own merits or the fact that it emerged at the end of a year anemic in terms of Xbox exclusives and blockbusters, it instantly shot to the top of the charts in Game Pass. Soon after the release, Microsoft heading “The biggest Xbox Game Pass launch in 2022, the largest third-party Game Pass launch ever, and the largest single-player game launch in the history of the service.”

This honor came after a major promotional campaign for the game on the platform including Podcast interview Between human Xbox mascot Larry “Major Nelson” Harrib and Roiland, with the latter discussing the game and its effects. It’s quiet now, however, with the Xbox Game Pass Twitter account Don’t tweet about high on life Since news of the domestic violence charges first broke.

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