Netflix continues its push in video games with the acquisition of Night School Studio, the team best known in 2016 Ox free and 2019 Afterparty. (Ox free, should be noted, had strong Strange things vibes — and Night School previously worked on a canceled one too Strange things title.)
“Night School is passionate about expanding our story and design ambitions into distinctive, original games,” Sean Krakel of Night School said in a statement:. “Netflix gives film, TV and now game makers an unprecedented canvas to create and deliver outstanding entertainment to millions of people. Our explorations into narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record of supporting various storytellers was such a natural combination. It felt like both teams instinctively came to this conclusion.”
The studio says it will continue to work on Oxenfree II, as well as “cooking new game worlds.”
The acquisition is just the latest in Netflix’s ongoing push into games. Earlier this year, the company hired Mike Verdu, formerly of EA and Oculus, to lead its gaming efforts, and it’s currently testing having games on its mobile app — today that test has expanded to Spain and Italy.
“We will continue to work with developers around the world and hire the best talent in the industry to deliver an amazing collection of exclusive games designed for every kind of gamer and every level of play,” said Verdu as part of today’s announcement. . “Like our shows and movies, these games are all included as part of your Netflix membership – all with no ads and no in-app purchases. Stay tuned for more.”