High On Life's Justin Roiland talks voice acting, jet packs, and Trover

Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland talks about the upcoming High on Life, its various influences, the different comedic styles at work, and much more.


This is an exciting moment for Shacknews. Once again, we come face-to-face with Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, years after we predicted the demise of E3. This time, we discuss the latest effort from Squanch Games, the talking shoot 'em up known as High on Life and the world that surrounds it.

For the uninitiated, High on Life centers around a high school burnout who finds himself in the middle of an alien invasion. As hostile aliens look to turn human beings into drugs for their consumption, the main character becomes a bounty hunter who works to bring the whole cartel down.

Roiland discusses going from Trover Saves the Universe to High on Life, scripted and improvisational humor, the voice cast, human movies for aliens (including one from the director of the infamous Mac & Me), how COVID-19 affected the game's development, the influence of Metroid Prime, the importance of jet packs, and more. There is no word on whether the jet packs will also talk.

High on Life is coming to PC and Xbox Series X|S on December 13. You can learn more about it by checking out our recent hands-on preview from PAX West 2022. For more interviews like this, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews and GamerHubTV on YouTube.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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