Netflix announced its first acquisition of a video game studio - Night School Studio, creators of Oxenfree, Afterparty, as well as the mobile Next Stop Nowhere and Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n. As a result of the move under the streaming giant's wing, studio's co-founder Sean Krankel wrote in a statement:
"Netflix gives film, TV, and now game makers an unprecedented canvas to create and deliver excellent entertainment to millions of people. Our explorations in narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record of supporting diverse storytellers was such a natural pairing."
Netflix's VP of Game Development, Mike Verdu, also wrote:
"We’re in the early stages of creating a great gaming experience for our members around the world. So we’re excited to announce today Night School Studio is joining Netflix.
Founded by Sean Krankel and Adam Hines in 2014, Night School Studio is best known for their critically acclaimed debut game, OXENFREE. We’re inspired by their bold mission to set a new bar for storytelling in games. Their commitment to artistic excellence and proven track record make them invaluable partners as we build out the creative capabilities and library of Netflix games together."
Verdu also assured that, like the service's movie content, the games will be made available as part of the same subscription, at no additional charge.
This is another step confirming Netflix's commitment to gaming. In mid-2021 the company's entry into the video game market, initially mobile, was officially confirmed. At the moment, Polish Netflix users serve as vanguard and can play five titles: Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Card Blast, Shooting Hoops and Teeter (Up). The games are available from the mobile app and installation is done on Google Play.
Night School Studios didn't provide any details about the new games for Netflix. We only know that they are still working on Oxenfree 2. Will the title come to Netflix as well? Or maybe the studio will create an interactive production in the style of Minecraft: Story Mode? We can only wait for more information about the cooperation.