Justin Roiland is a massive fan of VR gaming. This was clear from the first moment we sat down to talk to him recently. The co-creator of the mega popular Rick and Morty, Roiland has formed his own game studio and is unleashing his own take on VR gaming in the form of Trover Saves the Universe. And while he hopes it’s a hit, he also just wants more people to play VR games. And one big event made him think that would happen, which resulted in Justin Roiland personally thanking Bethesda’s Todd Howard.
That event was the unveiling of Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim VR at E3. “I love VR so much,” explained Roiland. “I just want more games. I love that Bethesda got into the ring, and that a big AAA studio was supporting it to the degree that they did. It just made me so happy. I told Todd Howard, I don’t know if he remembers this, but it was at E3. I was just like ‘you have no idea how important and impactful, and how thankful I am that you guys are taking the time to port your stuff to VR the way that you are.'”
We chatted a bit about how early VR titles were often impressive, but had the feeling of being a tech demo rather than a full-fledged gaming experience like you get in traditional games. Roiland was thoroughly impressed with Fallout 4 VR, and is hoping for more games like it. “I think it’s coming. It’s still early days. Budget Cuts is one of the best…that game is amazing. So there’s really good stuff now.”
VR games have certainly grown in number and quality over the years. Developers have had to tackle previously simple concepts like how to move and interact with the world, making VR gaming have a sort of wild west feel in a lot of ways. As we shift into this later generation of VR tech and titles we’re already seeing major leaps in these areas. Maybe Trover Saves the Universe will be another one. Find out when it arrives on PS4 and PSVR on May 31st and PC on June 4th.