Excessive on Life developer Squanch Video games simply dropped a teaser for an upcoming DLC, and there isn’t any signal of disgraced studio founder, Justin Roiland, wherever. Within the brief trailer, we hear the voice of Michael Cusack’s Knifey fairly than Roiland, regardless of his personal character enjoying a way more important function within the sport.
It is not clear if this comes because of Roiland’s departure from Squanch again in January, or if he was all the time deliberate to have a much less important function in future updates. In any case, it reveals that Squanch is ready to maneuver on with out him, and is not planning to ditch its newest launch over the controversy surrounding the Rick & Morty co-creator.
In a YouTube video titled, “NEW HIGH ON LIFE CONTENT LOADING…”, we will hear Knifey hype up the brand new content material, adopted by a chainsaw sound. This has many believing that the replace will focus on Knifey, changing Justin Roiland’s Kenny because the face of Excessive on Life.
The expectation that Roiland’s function in Excessive on Life might be diminished got here after it was revealed that he’s dealing with costs of home battery and false imprisonment. The arrest passed off in 2020, with Roiland pleading not responsible early this yr.
Nonetheless, whereas he was nonetheless awaiting trial, additional allegations had been made towards the author and voice actor. Rick & Morty followers got here ahead with screenshots of alleged conversations they’d with Roiland, displaying him participating in predatory habits in direction of them. In some circumstances, the followers say they had been underage on the time of the incidents. Others stated that journalists had been investigating Roiland “for years”, implying these particulars can be revealed even when he hadn’t been arrested. It was then reported that Cartoon Community itself had investigated Roiland over sexual harassment complaints, with Roiland then distancing himself from Rick & Morty’s ongoing manufacturing.
Regardless of this, it is price mentioning that Squanch Video games hasn’t up to date its YouTube video description, nonetheless stating that it’s “Co-Based and led by Justin Roiland, Co-Creator of Rick & Morty and Hulu’s Photo voltaic Opposites.”
TheGamer has reached out to Squanch Video games to elaborate on Roiland’s involvement in future Excessive on Life updates.
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