Update: Watch the full gameplay video in mixed reality here!
The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally almost here: tomorrow, on October 18th, Accounting finally releases on Steam, according to an official announcement Upload received via email. We went hands-on with the game at PAX West last month and came away quite impressed with its humor and fantastic writing. Soon, anyone with a VR headset and motion controllers will be able to enjoy the game for themselves — totally free of charge.
The game is being released for the price of ‘complimentary’ according to Squanchtendo, a new VR game studio founded by Justin Roiland, the creator of Rick & Morty, and Tanya Watson, a former Epic Games producer. Accounting was created in partnership with Crows, Crows, Crows, the indie development company behind The Stanley Parable.
Accounting plays out like one large, ongoing series of small room-based puzzles. One area has you simply listening to directions and manipulating the world around you, while another area might have you more directly interact with characters. It’s very short, but you get what you pay for. The tone and polish are indicative of what we should expect from future titles.
To get an idea for the tone of the game, all you have to do is read the official description:
In early 2016, three highly qualified Accountants came together to see what potential economic savings and visualisations could be achieved with The HTC Vive. These Accountants were quickly and discreetly discarded to be replaced by award-winning game studio Crows Crows Crows and the newly announced VR studio Squanchtendo, to create the ultimate electronic number-crunching program.
Let’s get one thing straight: Accountancy is a mature profession and is not for children.
As you can tell from the trailer and that description, this is a super serious game. Definitely not being sarcastic at all right now, as it’s all about Accounting and that’s it. There is no gratuitous violence, cursing, suggestive content, or anything else at all. Absolutely not.
For more about the game, be sure to read our detailed hands-on impression, the official Accounting website, and our big feature story about Squanchtendo, which includes interviews with Roiland and Watson. Accounting releases on Steam tomorrow, Octoboer 18th, for the low price of free on the HTC Vive.