I love working on games that I want to play. I didn’t always get to do that at every studio I’ve been at but joining the team at Squanch Games has really been great in that respect. Justin Roiland (“Rick and Morty,” “Solar Opposites”) co-founded our studio, and we’ve been bringing his unique sensibilities to life in games like the award-winning Trover Saves the Universe and Accounting+. We’re really excited to share our latest game with you all: High On Life. It’s a first-person shooter, with a real step up into A-level comedy you don’t see in video games. We’ve also got top-notch action, alien bounty hunting, and large worlds to get lost in.
If you didn’t see the High On Life announcement trailer at the Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase, check it out real quick.
You probably picked up on this, but in High On Life you’re a bounty hunter who’s on a mission to stop an alien invasion on Earth. These interstellar cartel creeps aren’t just taking over our stuff — they’re using humans as drugs. Let that sink in for a few seconds. As drugs! This is where that bounty-hunter part is important.
Yes, you can acquire an arsenal of sci-fi weapons. Here’s the thing: The guns in High On Life are also sentient life forms from another planet. They have their own cute faces, and they can talk out of those cute faces. It’s not just random talking, either. Your companions/guns have distinct personalities, and they’ll share their thoughts about what’s going on — even weaving their thoughts and opinions into the story in important ways. Each gun also has unique special abilities, and players will be rewarded for learning the best time to swap guns in and out.
You’ll get to travel to a bunch of different planets, where you’ll meet strange aliens, recover valuable resources, hunt down awesome enemies, and soak up the atmosphere. We don’t want to share too much about those specific locations right now, because a lot of the fun comes down to not knowing what’s ahead. I will say that fans of “Rick and Morty”’s interdimensional cable are going to want to pay close attention to High On Life.
We’ve been working hard on High On Life, and we are proud that it nails two of our biggest goals. First, we want to continue to create funny games that catch you off guard. We don’t want to just tell jokes; our games start with Justin’s creative concepts, and we collaborate to ensure that you’re constantly surprised and delighted by what’s around the corner. It’s also important that our games are super fun to play and aren’t padded out with a bunch of nonsense. Well, not boring nonsense. This is our first first-person shooter, and we’re proud of how it plays. It’s not a mediocre game with great jokes. High On Life is a great shooter that’s also totally hilarious and weird as all get-out.
High On Life is coming to Xbox Series X|S later this year. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and visit SquanchGames.com for the latest updates. Heck, you can join our mailing list, too! Thanks for reading this far. You really did it.