Last night the Game Awards took place celebrating the entire breadth of the videogame industry, including virtual reality (VR) content. As a surprise part of the event, Owlchemy Labs, the studio synonymous with zany hands-on VR experiences like Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality revealed its next project, a sunny, relaxing title called Vacation Simulator.
Just like its predecessors, Vacation Simulator is a lighthearted, humour filled experience which is all about picking stuff up and having fun. Naturally, after you’ve spent many an hour completing tasks in Job Simulator you need a rest, time to chill out and enjoy some sunshine and the clear blue waters of an exotic location.
Other than the teaser video below the studio hasn’t revealed too much about Vacation Simulator and what sort of activities will be on offer. Suffice it to say, there looks to be beach balls a plenty, diving beneath the ocean depths to find all manner of creatures, and food, lots of food with some good old barbecuing going on. And with all that sand VRFocus wouldn’t be too surprised if a sandcastle or two popped up somewhere.
Vacation Simulator has been slated for release in 2018, supporting Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.
This is the first big videogame announcement from the studio since its procurement by Google earlier this year. And it seems as though Google has let Owlchemy Labs continue doing what it does best, create wildly amusing VR experiences for all ages. At the time the team said: “Together with Google, with which we share an incredible overlap in vision, we’re free to pursue raw creation and sprint toward interesting problems in these early days of VR.”
Owlchemy Labs hasn’t forgotten about its previous titles either, releasing a new update for Job Simulator called Infinite Overtime, adding a new nighttime mode whilst replacing JobBot with the slightly less on-the-ball TempBot.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Vacation Simulator and Owlchemy Labs, reporting back with the latest updates.