From Tuesday, the Netflix film and television streaming app adds video games to the mix with a line-up that includes previously released action-adventure spin-offs Stranger Things: 1984 (formerly known as Stranger Things: The Game) and Stranger Things 3: The Game.
“Whether you’re looking for a casual game that lets you start from scratch or an immersive experience that lets you dive deeper into your favorite stories, we want to start building a game library that has something for everyone,” Mike said Verdu, Netflix vice president of game development, said. “We’re just beginning to develop a great gaming experience and look forward to taking you on this journey.”
This first Netflix game lineup – which also contains Shoot hoops, Rocking up, and the only newcomer to the service, Card explosion
The first indications of Netflix’s official foray into gaming came over the summer if Bloomberg reported for the first time on the streaming platform, which Verdu turned off from his previous appearance as vice president for virtual reality content on Facebook. Since then, Netflix has been open about his plans to offer subscribers an ad-free gaming experience and even acquired the people behind it Oxfree and After the party, Developer Night School Studio from Los Angeles, last September.
“Night School would like to extend our narrative and creative endeavors to unmistakable, original games with a heart,” said Sean Krankel, co-founder of the Night School, at the time. “Netflix gives film, television and now game makers an unprecedented platform for bringing excellent entertainment to millions of people. Our explorations into narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record in helping various storytellers have been such a natural combination. It felt like both teams came to this conclusion instinctively. “
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals is currently in development for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch and PC. Neither this sequel nor Night School Studio itself was mentioned in today’s Netflix announcement.