The company is popularly known for its supernatural thriller game Oxenfree
Popular OTT platform Netflix has acquired Night School Studio, an American video game developer and publisher. The company is well-known for its spooky mystery game ‘Oxenfree,’ which was launched in January 2016.
The company announced the acquisition on its social media handle “We are joining the Netflix team.” It tweeted, “Small team of story-loving game people joins big team of game-loving story people, @Netflix”
— Night School Studio (@nightschoolers) September 28, 2021
Announcing the acquisition, Sean Krankel, Founder and CCO, Night School Studios, tweeted, “So this happened. And on TACO TUESDAY OF ALL DAYS.”
So this happened. And on TACO TUESDAY OF ALL DAYS https://t.co/Bhq5Q8qPAI
— sean krankel (@seankrankel) September 28, 2021
He also wrote in a blog-
As of today, Night School Studio is joining the Netflix team.
Over the last few months, we’ve had countless thoughtful chats about our respective visions for where we see games, storytelling, and our collective opportunity for positive impact somewhere in the middle.
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.
Of course, it’s a surreal honor to be the first games studio to join Netflix! Not only do we get to keep doing what we do, how we like to do it, but we get a front-row seat on the biggest entertainment platform in the world. The Netflix team has shown the utmost care for protecting our studio culture and creative vision. We’ll keep making OXENFREE II. We’ll keep cooking up new game worlds.
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.
-Sean Krankel,Night School Studio
The move indicates that Netflix is attempting to diversify its portfolio by entering the fast booming gaming market.