Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 2 is airing later than expected, with reports claiming it won’t hit our TV screens until July this year. But there’s no need to mope over the long wait because there’s another way to dive into their world ahead of the show’s return. Adult Swim has released Rick and Morty Virtual Rick-ality for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on Thursday, just in time for 4/20.
Working off a premise that is the same as an “escape the room” scenario, the VR game starts with an explanation. You are one of the many Marty clones created simply to do chores like laundry in the garage laboratory. Meanwhile Rick, Morty, and Summer leaves you to have all the adventures featured on the show.
Rick and Morty Virtual Rick-ality includes nine chores, with each of them becoming more intricate than the last. It builds on the skills you learn as you slowly familiarize the ins and outs of the slab. The game gives you an objective but with minimal instruction. You would have to find clues hidden everywhere in the place.
Mr. Poopy-Butthole appears in the game as well as Mr. Meeseeks. There are even hidden messages reportedly from the creators themselves, according to Maxim.
Rick and Morty on VR
The game which Adult Swim Games developed is in collaboration with Owlchemy Labs, a creative VR studio based in Austin, Texas. Jeff Olsen, vice president of Adult Swim Games, said in a statement that both companies tried to push the boundaries of what was possible in virtual reality. “We could not have asked for a more successful collaboration or a better way to demonstrate Turner’s commitment to creating innovative fan experiences beyond the series,” he shared.
They are confident that the game won’t disappoint Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s fervent fanbase. Owlchemy Labs CEO Alex Schwartz guaranteed that fans “are going to lose their minds” at what they have created. “It’s been an incredible experience to develop for one of our favorite shows and see the joy on players’ faces when they get to explore Rick’s garage in VR, physically step through portals, and interact naturally with their hands in the world they’re already so familiar with,” Schwartz said.
Rick and Morty Virtual Rick-ality is now available on Steam and Oculus Home for $30. For those who do not own the compatible VR headsets or not into spending hundreds of dollars for it, you can wring a little Rick and Morty out of Virtual Rick-ality through its trailer which reveals a surprising amount of gameplay:
You may also follow the Owlchemy Labs Twitter account, which has been promoting Let’s Play videos of Virtual Rick-ality gameplay.