Netflix is acquiring Night School Studio, developers of the 2016 narrative adventure game Oxenfree and the upcoming sequel, Oxenfree 2. In a statement, Night School Studio explained that this came about as a result of many discussions at the team about where gaming is headed, while also noting that development will continue on Oxenfree 2 as previously announced.
“Our explorations in narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record of supporting diverse storytellers was such a natural pairing. It felt like both teams came to this conclusion instinctively,” Night School Studio co-founder Sean Krankel explains.
As part of the announcement, Netflix shared that video games, like movies and TV shows, will be included as part of a Netflix subscription, with no adds or in-app purchases. Netflix officially confirmed earlier in 2021 that it would be expanding into video games, though things were still in the “early stages.”
This is the first game development studio acquired by Netflix, coming at a time when many teams and publishers are being grabbed, such as the acquisition of Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media by Microsoft.