Rick and Morty and Squanch Video games co-founder Justin Roiland is out as CEO of the Excessive on Life developer, the corporate introduced Tuesday. The corporate tweeted from its official Twitter account that Roiland resigned final week, on Jan. 16. The information of Roiland’s resignation comes hours after Grownup Swim minimize ties with the Rick and Morty creator.
Roiland is dealing with felony home abuse prices stemming from an incident in 2020; his arrest and prices went unreported publicly till NBC Information first reported the case in January.
“The passionate crew at Squanch will preserve creating video games we all know our followers will love whereas persevering with to assist and enhance Excessive On Life,” Squanch Video games tweeted. Squanch Video games has not responded to Polygon’s request for extra remark.
The Rick and Morty co-creator was arrested in August 2020 and launched on a $50,000 bond over the 2 felony prices: one depend of home battery and one other for false imprisonment. He faces a number of years in jail if convicted. Roiland pleaded not responsible to each prices at his Oct. 14, 2020, arraignment. His subsequent listening to is in April. Roiland’s lawyer maintains his innocence on the 2 felonies.
Squanch Video games’ most up-to-date sport, Excessive on Life, was launched late final yr to nice success; it was the largest Sport Go launch of the yr. Roiland began the studio with former Epic Video games government producer Tanya Watson in 2016; she served as CEO till she left the studio in February 2021. Squanch Video games has launched 4 video games: Accounting, Dr. Splorchy Presents: House Heroes, Trover Saves the Universe, and Excessive on Life.
Squanch Video games itself confronted a sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination lawsuit in 2018. Roiland was not named within the lawsuit, Kotaku reported; the lawsuit named former technical director Jeff Dixon because the perpetuator of harassment. The lawsuit was settled in 2019.