Netflix has taken over the Night School Studio (Oxenfree, Afterparty). It is also the first game studio to join the streaming giant. In the announcement, Sean Krankel (head of the development studios) writes that they will continue to work as usual even after the takeover. The Netflix team went out of their way to protect the studio culture and creative vision, they say. Apart from the continuation of the development of Oxenfree 2 “also new game worlds are to be created”.
“Night School wants to stretch our narrative and design aspirations across distinctive, original games with heart. Netflix gives film, TV, and now game makers an unprecedented canvas to create and deliver excellent entertainment to millions of people. 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. (…) For now, there’s a kaleidoscope of butterflies in our team’s collective stomachs. (Apparently that’s what you call a group of butterflies?) Because we truly believe we’ve got a chance to positively impact the way people discover, play, and share story games with each other.”