Netflix scoops up Oxenfree developer Evening Faculty
Netflix is constant its push into video video games with the acquisition of Evening Faculty Studio, the staff best-known for 2016’s Oxenfree and 2019’s Afterparty. (Oxenfree, it must be famous, had sturdy Stranger Issues vibes — and Evening Faculty additionally beforehand labored on a canceled Stranger Issues title.)
“Evening Faculty desires to stretch our narrative and design aspirations throughout distinctive, unique video games with coronary heart,” Evening Faculty’s Sean Krankel mentioned in an announcement. “Netflix provides movie, TV, and now sport makers an unprecedented canvas to create and ship wonderful leisure to thousands and thousands of individuals. Our explorations in narrative gameplay and Netflix’s observe file of supporting numerous storytellers was such a pure pairing. It felt like each groups got here to this conclusion instinctively.”
The studio says it is going to proceed to work on Oxenfree II, in addition to “cooking up new sport worlds.”
The acquisition is simply the newest a part of Netflix’s ongoing push into video games. Earlier this yr, the corporate employed Mike Verdu, previously of EA and Oculus, to go up its gaming efforts, and it’s at the moment testing having video games in its cell app — simply right this moment, that check expanded to incorporate Spain and Italy.
“We’ll proceed working with builders world wide and hiring the most effective expertise within the trade to ship an excellent assortment of unique video games designed for each sort of gamer and any degree of play,” Verdu mentioned as a part of right this moment’s announcement. “Like our exhibits and movies, these video games will all be included as a part of your Netflix membership — all with no advertisements and no in-app purchases. Keep tuned for extra.”