Justin Roiland says goodbye to ‘High On Life’ Studio Squanch Games

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Justin Roiland was at the top of his game at the end of 2022. High in life, you might say.

Rick and Morty, the adult animated TV show he co-created with Dan Harmon was more popular than ever. His new video game, high in life, skyrocketed to Xbox Game Pass’s number one title of the year.

It all came crashing down on January 12, 2023 when news broke that Roiland had been charged with a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence in May 2020. Roiland pleaded not guilty and was released on $50,000 bond in August 2020, but the case remained under review until this year, with a trial starting April 27 in Orange County, CA.

Earlier I wrote about Adult Swim cutting ties with Roiland, opting to recast both Rick and Morty, with Harmon taking over as showrunner. I argued that they should just cancel the show and start something new that isn’t as closely associated with Roiland. Whether you like it or not, Rick and Morty is Roiland’s baby, and you can’t really separate the two by rearranging the main characters.

Now Squanch Games, which Roiland co-founded in 2016, has announced Roiland’s resignation from the studio.

“On January 16, 2023, Squanch Games received the resignation of Justin Roiland,” the tweet reads. “Squanch’s passionate team will continue to develop games that we know our fans will love, while continuing to support and improve High On Life.”

I enjoyed what I played High in life despite never being a big fan of Roiland’s sense of humour. I was never able to get into it Rick and Morty, but i found High in life pretty clever and entertaining, and I’m glad to see that Squanch Games will continue to support it and keep creating new content without Roiland.

Read more about the controversy surrounding Roiland, which goes far beyond the domestic violence allegations, here.

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