Night School Studio, the creator of Oxenfree, has been acquired by Netflix, the popular streaming service. The announcement comes after Netflix surprised everyone by announcing ambitions to produce video games earlier this summer.
Netflix’s gaming initiative is still in its early stages, so there are a lot of unknowns, but the streaming provider aims to add video games to its service at no additional cost. It’s unknown whether the streamer, like Google Stadia, would bring over existing AAA titles.
In any case, Netflix continues to make great moves, as it has announced the acquisition of Night School Studio. The Oxenfree studio was created by the famed independent firm, which will now contribute to Netflix’s gaming roster.
It’s unknown whether or not the planned Oxenfree II will be offered on Netflix at some point. In a statement, Netflix’s VP of game development, Mike Verdu, stated that the streaming service plans to “provide a fantastic selection of unique games” for all audiences, implying that original Netflix video games will be released.
Night School Company’s Sean Krankel stated that the studio would keep creative control since Netflix wishes to “protect” the developer’s creative vision and culture in a blog post. Netflix has yet to reveal when or how games will be included in its service. If it’s anything like previous game streaming services, users will be able to attach various Bluetooth controllers to make it more accessible.