Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, the sequel to the supernatural thriller Oxenfree, launches July 12 on Netflix, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Steam. The game is developed by Night School Studio, a game studio that Netflix acquired in 2021. Night School Studio originally planned to launch Oxenfree II: Lost Signals in 2022, but pushed back the release date to 2023.
“Five years after the events of the first game, still celebrated for its compelling storytelling, relatable characters and captivating art style, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals takes players on a gripping narrative adventure with an all-new cast. of characters and original story,” Netflix teased in a press release.
The game follows the story of Riley Poverly, an environmental researcher who returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate unnaturally occurring radio frequency signals that cause electronic equipment to malfunction.
At launch, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals has a localized interface and subtitle support for Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian , Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
Nigh School Studio was the first game studio to acquire Netflix. Since then, the streaming giant has acquired several other studios, including Spry Fox, Next Games, and Boss Fight Entertainment. Netflix also opened a new game studio in Southern California and established an in-house game studio in Helsinki, Finland, led by Zynga Helsinki game development studio co-founder and general manager Marko Lastikka.
Today’s announcement comes as Netflix recently revealed it has 40 games planned for launch this year and 70 are in development with its partners. The streaming service also has 16 games currently being developed by its own game studios.
Netflix launched games in November 2021 and has since released 55 titles. Netflix VP of External Games Leanne Loombe told reporters at a briefing last month that the company is primarily focused on mobile but is working on its own cloud streaming technology, as revealed by Netflix VP of Gaming Mike Verdu at AapkaDost Disrupt last October.