Justin Roiland was on the high of his sport by the top of 2022. Excessive on life, you would possibly say.
Rick And Morty, the animated grownup TV present he co-created with Dan Harmon, was extra standard than ever. His new online game, Excessive On Life, rocketed to Xbox Recreation Cross’s primary title of the yr.
All of it got here crashing down on January twelfth, 2023 when information broke that Roiland had been charged with a felony home violence criticism in Might of 2020. Roiland pleaded not responsible and was launched on a $50,000 bond in August, 2020, however the case remained underneath wraps till this yr, with a trial set to start on April twenty seventh in Orange County, CA.
Earlier, I wrote about Grownup Swim slicing ties with Roiland, selecting to recast each Rick and Morty, with Harmon taking up as showrunner. I argued that they need to simply cancel the present and begin one thing new that’s not so deeply tied to Roiland. Prefer it or not, Rick And Morty is Roiland’s child, and you may’t actually separate the 2 simply by recasting the primary characters.
Now, Squanch Video games—which Roiland co-founded in 2016, has introduced Roiland’s resignation from the studio.
“On January 16, 2023, Squanch Video games obtained Justin Roiland’s resignation,” the tweet reads. “The passionate staff at Squanch will preserve creating video games we all know our followers will love whereas persevering with to help and enhance Excessive On Life.”
I loved what I performed of Excessive On Life regardless of by no means being an enormous fan of Roiland’s humorousness. I used to be by no means capable of get into Rick And Morty, however I did discover Excessive On Life fairly intelligent and entertaining, and I’m glad to see that Squanch Video games will proceed to help it and create new content material with out Roiland.
Learn extra concerning the controversy surrounding Roiland—which matches properly past the home violence expenses—proper right here.