A new challenger has entered the ring: Netflix has acquired Oxenfree developer Night School Studio. Don’t worry, though, work will continue on the sequel, set to release on the PlayStation 5 and PS4 next year. “Netflix gives film, TV, and now game makers an unprecedented canvas to create and deliver excellent entertainment to millions of people,” the developer said. “Our explorations in narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record of supporting diverse storytellers was such a natural pairing.”
Netflix recently revealed its intent to infiltrate the games industry as it seeks to find ways to both expand its audience and, perhaps crucially, retain the millions upon millions of members it picked up during the pandemic. One of the ways it intends to do this is to offer smartphone games to its subscribers.
“We’ll continue working with developers around the world and hiring the best talent in the industry to deliver a great collection of exclusive games designed for every kind of gamer and any level of play,” said Netflix’s Mike Verdu. “Like our shows and films, these games will all be included as part of your Netflix membership – all with no ads and no in-app purchases. Stay tuned for more.”
The acquisition wars rumble on…