As one of Netflix’s first major moves into the game development field, streaming media companies Announce On Tuesday, it acquired the independent developer Night School Studio. Night School’s first game, Oxenfree, was highly praised when it was launched in 2016. We also like Afterparty very much. This is an adventure game about drinking and getting out of hell. The studio is currently developing a sequel to Oxenfree, which will continue to be owned by Netflix.
“Evening School hopes to extend our narrative and design aspirations to unique original games,” Write Sean Crankel, co-founder of Night School. “Netflix has provided an unprecedented canvas for film, TV, and now game makers, creating and providing excellent entertainment for millions of people. Our exploration of narrative gameplay and Netflix supporting records of different storytellers are very natural Match. It feels like both teams have come to instinctively come to this conclusion.”
This is Netflix’s first acquisition of a game studio, but it certainly won’t be the last. “We will continue to cooperate with developers around the world and hire the best talents in the industry to provide a large number of exclusive games designed for all types of gamers and games of any level.”
Neither Netflix nor Night School specify whether Oxenfree 2 will be available on streaming platforms; we still don’t know much about how Netflix eventually plans to provide games in addition to interactive movies such as Bandersnatch. But Oxenfree’s simple control and attention to dialogue seem to be appropriate.