Rick, Morty & Stanley: Accounting Is A Surreal VR Game

Accounting [official site] is the latest game from Crows Crows Crows, the studio directed by William Pugh, one of the brains behind the Stanley Parable. Made in partnership with Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland, it looks like precisely the sort of hilariously harrowing cartoon nightmare I’d hoped for when news that the two were working together on a Vive game reached us around this time last year. This is precisely the sort of place we should be pushing our eyeballs into.

It’s a HTC Vive exclusive and here’s how it works:

“Numbers. What do they mean? The modern field of Accountancy is a serious and honorable profession. Many human beings have spent their lives toiling over the hard science of numbers. Thousands have died so that we may get to the level of understanding that we have today. Thousands have died. However, as Accountants and Numbersmiths embraced the abacus and the calculator, today we must embrace the latest technological advancement. Virtual Reality.”

Yes, that’s how it works. The third member of the team, responsible for the look of the thing, is Dominik Johann, Crows Crows Crows’ art director. Like previous release Dr. Langeskov, Accounting will be free.

“You’ll be able to download Accounting very soon from Steam. We’re putting it out as a complementary experience ($0.00) in exchange for the undying love and gratitude of humanity.”

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  1. tr76 says:

    THE NUMBERS MASON! WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

  2. K_Sezegedin says:

    Th..this can’t be happening

    • Xzi says:

      Tis! Tis indeed happening, and this is probably the first of many Vive releases from Squanchtendo (best name for a developer ever).

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    InfamousPotato says:

    Crows crows crows may be my favorite studio, but I do worry about them. How are they able to release games like this and Dr. Langeskov free? I wish I knew how they make such fantastic games and still afford food/rent. They can’t be making that much money from pay-what-you-want on Itch.io, can they?

    • LionsPhil says:

      Maybe they made enough from Stanley to live moderately making not-particularly-high-budget games for the love of it for a while?

      • MajorLag says:

        I think a lot of struggling developers dream of that, I know I do. If true, it’s inspiring to see one actually follow through.

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        InfamousPotato says:

        I sure hope so. They’ve been crafting delightful experiences, and I really wouldn’t want them to be struggling financially because they give away those experiences freely.

    • Haplo says:

      They get paid for the advertising. It’s subliminal though, but if you’ve been buying lots of post-it notes recently…

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    gritz says:

    Finally a reason to buy a VR headset.

  5. trashbat says:

    Their mailshot was hilarious. Sad that VR-less me isn’t in on this one.

  6. Pravin Lal's Nuclear Arsenal says:

    It feels so weird to hear an uncensored Roiland. I was almost convinced he was a robot only capable of producing bleeping sounds instead of swearing.

  7. Synesthesia says:

    yes. yes. yes. yes.

  8. AmazingPotato says:

    “It’s going to be another COMPLIMENTARY VIDEO GAME ($0.00) from us because let’s be honest: FUCK making money. We just care about THE CREATIVE PROCESS and HAVING NO LIMITS.

    That’s why we spent a significant amount of cash to fly out to LA earlier this year to make a VR GAME with Justin the week before GDC. He just announced his VR Company Squanchtendo the other week! They’re going on to make more VR Games! And we’re going to go on to file for bankruptcy.”

    I heart CROWS CROWS CROWS!

    • DrazharLn says:

      You’ve matched the style pretty fantastically :D

      • trashbat says:

        That’s from their email. As is this:

        “Unfortunately, Accounting is also a profession reserved for legitimate grown-up adults, so…

        [warning about adult content]

        FUCK!!! ALRIGHT! WELCOME TO THE ACCOUNTING ZONE MOTHERFUCKER!! CONSUME THAT DRUGS SUBSTANCE!! AND THEN CHECK THE FUCK OUT OF OUR COOL AS SHIT TRAILER:

        18+ NOT SAFE FOR WORK AND ILLEGAL! LIQUIDS ON AIRPLANES MY G!! ACCOUNTING IS COMING THIS FUCKING MONTH TO STEAM VR (AND ALSO ILLEGAL TORRENT VR)!! IT’S THE BEST GAME YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO PLAY!! BUT IF YOU’RE AN EARLY ADOPTER I BET YOU CAN’T WAIT TO JACK YOURSELF INTO THE EROTIC CYBERGRID!! CHECK OUT THESE NASTY NAUGHTY VISUALS”

    • Raoul Duke says:

      Sh,sh, sure Morty fine, ok, we’ll just sell the game for money, is that what you want Morty, would that make you happy? Look, here, we’ll ask for money? Ok? Look, I’m adding it to the product, I’m adding a price for you Morty. And then people, these *burp* people over here will give us these pieces of paper you value so highly, and we’ll give them our game which we were *burp* going to give them anyway, and we’ll have the paper, and eventually we’ll have so much paper we won’t know what to do Morty, we won’t know what to do, but the thing is, we’ll forget why we wanted the *burp* paper at all, we’ll just want more and more and more paper, more paper Morty, piles of paper, rivers of paper, all the paper we can get from these idiots, and eventually our lives will be consumed in an orgy of little green *bbbburp* pieces of paper, counting it, hording it, worrying that other people will come for our paper, and all because Morty, because YOU were too scared to just live a little for one *burp* minute of your pathetic little life, because TV and Jerry and the kids at school have pushed your tiny little brain around so that you care as much about these little pieces of paper as they do, and hey, let’s forget that these little pieces of paper only have *burp* value because the government says they do, and that it’s only other morons who also want paper as badly as you that the paper is even *burp* useful to you, because hey, we’ll *burp* have the paper and that’s all that matters, right Morty, right? Screw creativity, screw letting people experience something different, if they don’t give us the *buuuurp* paper that is only good for shitty goods on this shitty planet in this shitty dimension then we won’t expand their minds for them, how about that? Would that make you happy Morty? Huh?

  9. gbrading says:

    I’ve enjoyed all of Crows Crows Crows stuff plus The Stanley Parable, but alas I find Justin Roiland painfully unfunny. Didn’t enjoy his cameo in Dr. Langeskov either. I know I’m in the minority here though.

    I do find it hilarious that Roiland agreed to make the game after William lied to him about working for Respawn Entertainment though.

  10. CrivenS says:

    This, THIS! is a thing that will make VR worthwhile.

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