Night School Studio, an independent American video game developer, has been acquired by Netflix, one of the world's largest OTT platforms. Night School is the first-ever game studio to join Netflix and is known for popular titles such as Oxenfree. The news follows the addition of three new games to Netflix's membership portfolio in Poland, Italy, and Spain.
Sean Krankel, a former senior game designer at Disney, and Adam Hines, a former lead writer at Telltale Games, started the studio in 2014. The news was announced on Night School Studio's official website in a blog post. The studios' investigations in narrative gaming and Netflix's track record of supporting diverse storytellers were such a "natural fit," according to creator Sean Krankel.
Krankel added, "It seems like both teams reached this conclusion instinctively."
Night School Studio's existing titles will be continued on Netflix
According to Mike Verdu, Vice President of Game Development, the idea currently is to continue bringing exclusive games built for every type of gamer and any level of play that will be included with its membership, and there are no plans to incorporate any in-app purchases in the games.
On the other hand, Night School has committed to continue working on the Oxenfree sequel and other games. The Netflix team has shown "the highest concern for maintaining the studio culture and creative vision," according to the company, justifying this choice.
For the past few years, Netflix has been attempting to establish itself in the gaming business as a content category, similar to its films, cartoons, and reality TV shows. This procedure does not end with the acquisition. Because Night School Studio excels at storytelling through its games, Netflix viewers may seek to have a similar experience with what Netflix offers.