Justin Roiland, the creator of both Rick and Morty along with Squanch Games, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons after he was arrested in August of 2020. The former CEO of Squanch Games, who was released on a $50,000 bond , two criminal charges against him – domestic battery, and false imprisonment. Roiland’s attorney pleaded not guilty to both charges, and the hearing is scheduled to continue next April.
While the legal battles clearly cause turmoil, many creators and studios are now separating themselves from the wild mind that generated ridiculous comic moments. Squanch Games, the studio behind the FPS High On Life title, has publicly announced Justin Roiland’s resignation from the studio, which occurred on January 16, 2022. The announcement came down just a few hours after Adult Swim also cut ties with Rick & Morty creator.
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Squanch Games’ tweet is faithful to responses, but there are clearly few studios willing to risk a backlash from the allegations Justin Roiland faces, no matter his creative prowess. Squanch Games took the opportunity to recommit to the future of High on Life, as the title reportedly did fairly well. Whether it can take the direction provided by the clear creative mind behind the title remains to be seen – no promises yet regarding upcoming DLC or future content for the title.
However, not all media outlets severed ties with the beleaguered creator. Hulu, host of Solar Opposites featuring Justin Roiland, has not made any announcement regarding the removal of the character Justin Roiland, Korvo, nor the actor. Squanch Games made it clear in their tweet that Justin Roiland resigned, and was not asked to remove himself, which means the creator is choosing to remove himself from some of the work so he can maintain development.