Netflix, still in the first inning of its video-game strategy, announced that it had acquired Night School Studios, a game developer best known for its critically acclaimed first game, the supernatural mystery adventure title “Oxenfree”.
This is the first game-related acquisition for Netflix. Founded in 2014 by Shawn Crankel and Adam Hynes, Night School Studio titles include “Oxenfree” (Pictured above), “Afterparty” and “Next Stop Nowhere.” The terms of the contract were not disclosed.
About Night School Studio Pickup, Mike Verdu, VP of Game Development at Netflix – a video game veteran who joined the streamer this summer – said in a statement, “We are inspired to set a new bar for storytelling from their adventurous mission Their commitment makes them an invaluable partner as we work together to create the creative capabilities and library of Netflix games. ”
In a blog post, Knight of the Night School wrote that the studio “seeks to expand our narrative and design aspirations into heartfelt, original games. Netflix gives film, TV and now game makers an unprecedented canvas to create and deliver excellent entertainment to millions of people.” The narrative gameplay was a natural pairing between our search and the track record of supporting different storytellers on Netflix.
Crankel added, “The Netflix team has taken the utmost care to preserve our studio culture and creative vision.” He said the night school would continue to make “Auxenfree II” next year and “continue to cook in the world of new games.”
Netflix has officially announced plans to enter the video game market by announcing its second-quarter earnings in July. Initially, it will start with mobile games, looking at it as a new content category that will help Netflix attract and retain customers. Netflix games will be included as part of the overall subscription, without any ads or in-app purchases.
According to Netflix’s Verdu, the company plans to continue working with developers around the world and “recruits the best talent in the industry to provide a great collection of exclusive games designed for every type of gamer and any level of game.”
Last month, Netflix launched the first Games tab on the Android mobile app with two “Stranger Things” games for Polish customers, this week launching additional headlines on its Android app in Spain and Italy.