High On Life DLC Trailer Missing Gun Voiced By Roiland

On Tuesday, during Xbox’s extended showcase event, the first trailer for High on Knife—a new DLC for comedy shooter High on Life—was shown. However, Kenny, a gun voiced by former Squanch Games CEO and Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, is absent. Roiland resigned from the company in January 2023, shortly after domestic abuse allegations became public. The lawsuit against Roiland was dropped in March 2023.

According to a press release from Squanch Games, High On Knife will introduce a brand-new talking gun, Harper, who is voiced by Sarah Sherman of SNL. The trailer also shows off another new gun character, B.A.L.L, voiced by Alec Robbins. Nowhere in the press release for this new DLC did Squanch mention Kenny or Roiland.

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The new DLC, which doesn’t currently have a release date, will apparently be a “bit spookier” than the main game, though Squanch Games was clear that it will still be a comedy.

“This trailer shows off a portion of the DLC where we’re dropping players into a darker, scarier setting ruled over by a mysterious, goopy new boss named Mux,” says Mikey Spano, Squanch Games’ chief creative officer.

“This is just a small slice of the DLC – there’s a ton more weird, funny, and surprising stuff we packed in that we think you’ll love so make sure to stay tuned,” added Spano in a press release.

However, what will likely not be in High on Life’s new DLC is Justin Roiland’s gun character, Kenny, who is the first talking weapon you meet in the main game and who acts almost like the game’s main character. His absence here is likely due to the fact that Roiland has parted ways with Squanch Games following troubling allegations.

Why Justin Roiland left Squanch Games in January

In January, Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland was charged with domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. After the lawsuit against him became public, Roiland left the studio that created High on Life while Adult Swim dropped him from the hit series Rick and Morty.

According to NBC News, the complaint filed by Roiland’s ex claimed that the domestic violence incident occurred around January 19, 2020. The complaint charged Roiland with “one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit.” Roiland was arrested and released with a $50,000 bond in August 2020 and pleaded not guilty to both charges in October. A protective order was filed later that month that made Roiland relinquish any firearms he owned or possessed.

In March, Roiland tweeted that the case had been “dismissed” and that the allegations against him were false. According to a tweet from Roiland, the suit was based on “the word of an embittered ex trying to bypass due process and get me canceled.”A spokesperson for the Orange County District Attorney’s office told Kotaku the case was dropped due to a “lack of sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt as a result of additional information that came to light in the investigation.”

Kotaku has reached out to Squanch Games about Roiland’s Kenny and his absence in the game’s first DLC trailer.

Overwatch 2 Is Getting A New Healer With A High Skill Ceiling

Unleash the power of the sun.
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On Tuesday, Blizzard released a new trailer for season 6 of Overwatch 2. Titled Invasion, the season will see players fighting against a legion of Null Sector omnics with the help of a new support hero named Illari, who unleashes the power of the sun in her giant rail gun.

While the fifth season of OW2 left a lot to be desired with its Dungeons & Dragons-inspired PvP mode and its take on popular hide-and-seek game mode Prop Hunt, the sixth season of the hero shooter looks to rein its focus back in on OW2’s ever-elusive story by putting its heroes on the backfoot against Null Sector omnics in a PVE event, adding two new PVP maps, and shaking the meta up with the launch of a new gun-toting healer who appears to have as high of a skill ceiling as Ana.

Illari will be Overwatch’s 38th hero, and in keeping with her Incan name (which means “sunrise”), she has a bunch of sun-infused motifs baked into her toolkit. Her rail gun, for example, which appears to have both hitscan and projectile-based attack modes, is seemingly powered by a sun-like ball of light she harnesses from the palms of her hands. Her healing ability, which is similar to Baptiste’s healing grenades, is a projectile that sticks to surfaces and shoots a beam of light to nearby allies. Her ultimate sees her fly in the air and blast enemies with a powerful ball of light. Basically, Illari looks to be yet another high-skilled healer on par with Ana in terms of how many things she can do while micromanaging healing her teammates and dishing out damage.

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The trailer also teases all-new story missions where a fleet of Null Sector bots, some as fast as Tracer and some as sturdy as Bastion, run amok in a city not for the sake of starting a war with the heroes but to liberate the omnics from their subjugation by humanity. Suffice it to say, the levels of property damage dished out by both Null Sector and the Overwatch team in their firefight are pretty high. But property damage be damned, I’m just happy to finally see more story content that isn’t non sequitur events like last season’s tabletop RPG-style plotline.

The latter half of OW2’s season six trailer blitzes through a bunch of new content coming to the game which includes:

  • Flashpoint: a new PvP mode
  • New maps: Survasa and New Junk City
  • Hero Mastery: a new game mode called where you can test your skills with characters like Mercy and Reinhardt in a battle simulation against bots
  • A new “underworld” co-op event
  • New omnic-looking hero skins
  • Overwatch 2’s anniversary event (can you believe it’s already been a year?)

Overwatch 2 season six will launch on August 10.