Rick And Morty Creator Leaves Studio Behind Huge Game Pass Hit

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Justin Roiland leaves Squanch Games a month after comedy shooter wraps up high life become The most popular Xbox Game Pass launches of 2022. Studio Co-Founder, A Voice for Many high lifeThe role of is currently Facing two counts of felony domestic abuse Start 2020.

Squanch Games revealed at Adult Swim that it was From rick and morty as well as.But the CEO’s resignation apparently actually happened a week earlier, on Jan. 16, four days after news of the domestic abuse allegations first surfaced (Roiland has denied guilt), and three days later. Kotaku first reported a 2018 lawsuit Alleged harassment and discrimination against the studio in the workplace (and settled in 2019).

“The passionate team at Squanch will continue to develop the game we know our fans will love, while continuing to support and improve high life” Studio tweets yesterday. Squanch Games did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why Roiland resigned, whether he was aware of any other allegations related to him or the studio, or whether he still holds any equity in Squanch.

Squanch Games was co-founded in 2016 by Roiland and former Epic Games executive producer Tanya Watson, whose early projects include virtual reality games Accounting and Introducing Dr. Splorchy: Space Heroes. Followed by platform action games in 2019 Trover save the universe. Each of them relies heavily on Roiland’s voice performance, which is reminiscent of him in rick and morty.

last year high lifeHowever, what was originally a Google Stadia exclusive game is the studio’s biggest game yet.exist Kotakuown comments, writer Alyssa Mercante found the humor harsh and felt the constant gags were beyond their welcome range, but she was pleasantly surprised by the visual style and shootout. The game also divided other critics, but audiences flocked to it on Xbox and PC, and it was available on Game Pass on day one.

Whether it’s on the game’s own merits or because it came at the end of a lackluster year of Xbox exclusives and blockbusters, it immediately rocketed to the top of the Game Pass charts.Shortly after its release, Microsoft to be crowned “Xbox Game Pass’ largest launch of 2022, largest 3rd party Game Pass launch ever, and largest single-player launch in the service’s history.”

The honor comes after a massive promotional campaign for the game on the platform, which included podcast interview Human Xbox mascot Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and Roiland, who discusses the game and its impact.It’s been quiet for now, with the Xbox Game Pass Twitter account don’t tweet high life Since news of the domestic abuse allegations first broke.


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