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Former EA and Facebook admin of Mike Verdu as the vice president of game development, it was already revealed that he could enter the video game field. Now, the company has confirmed these rumors and announced some details.
In a letter to its shareholders, Netflix disclosed key details of its financial margins, quarterly revenues, and viewership of popular TV shows and movies. A few particularly interesting parts of the letter confirm Netflix’s initiative in game development. According to the document: ” We’re also in the early stages of further expansion into games, building on our previous efforts for interactivity (e.g. Black Mirror Bandersnatch) and Stranger Things games. Similar to our expansion to original movies, animation, and unscripted TV, we see gaming as another new category of content for us. Games will be included in members’ Netflix subscription at no additional cost similar to movies and TV shows. In the beginning, we will focus primarily on games for mobile devices. We’re as excited as ever about the movies and TV series we’re offering, and we expect a podium of increased investment and growth across all of our current content categories, but as it’s nearly ten years since we’ve moved to original programming, we think it’s time to learn more about how our members value games.”
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was a production where you choose your own adventure where your choices affect the outcome. Stranger Things: The Game, on the other hand, was a top-down RPG adventure stylized in a retro format, playable on mobile devices and reminiscent of handheld console games of the past.
While this does hint at some of the formats Netflix could try, it’s worth noting that the firm said it will initially focus on “games for mobile devices.” While this news will be disappointing to some, it’s important to remember that these plans may evolve and expand depending on the success of the initial venture.
It may also be encouraging to see that the games will be tied to your Netflix subscription, meaning you won’t have to pay extra for the games. However, it is not yet known how this content will be distributed, as the previous Android game was a free offer that did not require a Netflix subscription.
The firm did not reveal when it will start releasing more mobile games, but the earlier rumor pointed to 2022. We’ll likely find out more in the coming weeks. . .