A still from Wet Dog Corp.'s latest project.

Ringling College of Art and Design and Flight School Studio have announced that Wet Dog Corp., the first student game from their virtual reality educational partnership will come to Steam on May 4. Mentored by the team at Flight School, students from Ringling’s new virtual reality (VR) development BFA degree program created the game while learning the essentials of pre-production, asset creation and game design. The game will be a free-to-download release; students involved on the project include AJ Mize, Cain Hopkins and Makayla Hensley.

Wet Dog Corp. is a simulator-style game set within a mega-corporation that pays users to wash dogs. Players race against the clock and clean up mucky pups. Dirty dogs roll in, and it’s the players' job to wash them, get them dry and send them back out into the world. With 13 types of dogs, eight levels, and three washing tools, the game was designed entirely by students.

Additionally, a new cohort of students at Ringling began development on a second VR game under the guidance of Flight School’s leadership earlier this year. Glitch Out VR, previously slated for a beta debut at SXSW Gaming, is being developed remotely by the students, due to coronavirus-related campus closures and the cancellation of SXSW.