Netflix Expands Games Push, Announces New Titles for 2023

Netflix is ramping up its game plans, with 40 new titles in the pipeline for release in 2023. In total, the company has 16 games being developed internally, and 70 underway with outside partners. These range from casual challenges to triple A adventures, according to Netflix, which says its goal is a broad portfolio “because we believe everyone can find joy in games if they discover the one that is right for them.” Netflix has brought 55 titles to market since its first releases in late 2021, making them available as part of its monthly streaming subscription fee.

On March 28 comes “Terra Nil, a “tranquil, reverse city-builder,” that lets players “transform a lifeless landscape into a thriving, vibrant ecosystem.” Netflix is working to deliver “indie darlings, award-winning hits, RPGs, narrative adventures, puzzle games and everything in between,” per a blog post by VP external games Leanne Loombe.

Loombe says the 2023 slate will include a sequel to “one of our most-played games to date, ‘Too Hot to Handle: Love is a Game,’” based on the streamer’s popular unscripted original dating show. “The opportunity to expand the worlds of Netflix films and series through games is incredibly exciting to us,” Loombe says, adding that game studio Nanobit is producing the sequel.

Loombe says Netflix is in development with Super Evil Megacorp on another Netflix original spinoff, with details to come. Super Evil Megacorp is the game house behind the free-to-play cross-platform battle arena games “Catalyst Black” and “Vainglory.”

Although Loombe “declined to provide figures” as to how many of Netflix’s 230 million subscribers are playing, according to Variety, she “said the streamer is ‘super happy with what we’re seeing.’”

On April 18, Netflix will release “Mighty Quest: Rogue Palace,” the second of three excusive games from Ubisoft’s Netflix debut, “Valiant Hearts: Coming Home,” launched in January. Looking ahead to 2024, Netflix will be “bringing Ustwo’s ‘Monument Valley’ franchise to its platform,” writes TechCrunch, noting that the Netflix versions “won’t be different than the current available versions” and “will include all paid in-app purchases.”

Netflix “is still working on its cloud gaming service,” according to The Verge, which quotes Loombe saying the project is “underway.” The Verge writes that cloud gaming “could make its burgeoning games lineup easier to play and available across more devices.” Thus far Netflix has focused on mobile games.

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