As of Tuesday, Netflix’s movie and TV streaming app adds video games to the mix with a lineup 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 fancy a casual game, you can start from scratch or an immersive experience that lets you dig deeper into your favorite stories, we’ll start building a library of games that offer something for everyone,” Mike Verdu, Netflix vice president of game development, said. “We are in the early days of creating a great gaming experience and we are excited to take you on this journey with us.”
This introductory Netflix game selection – which also includes Sliding bars, Tilt up, and the lone newcomers to the service, Short Blast—Available on Android devices (no word on iOS at the moment) for anyone with an active Netflix subscription. In the announcement, Verdu further promises “no ads, no extra fees and no in-app purchases”, but we’ll see how long that lasts.
The first hints of Netflix’s official entry into the game came over the summer when Bloomberg first reported on the streaming platform that hired Verdu away from his previous concert as Facebook’s vice president of virtual reality content. Since then, Netflix has been open about his plans to provide subscribers with an ad-free gaming experience and self acquired the people behind Ox-free and After party, Los Angeles-based developer Night School Studio, in late September.
“Night School wants to stretch our narrative and design ambitions across distinctive, original games with heart,” Night School co-founder Sean Krankel said at the time. “Netflix gives movie, TV and now game producers an unprecedented canvas to create and deliver excellent entertainment to millions of people. Our explorations of narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record of supporting various storytellers were so naturally a couple. It felt as if both teams came to this conclusion instinctively. “
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals is currently under development for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch and PC. Neither this sequel nor Night School Studio itself was mentioned in today’s Netflix announcement.