Streaming service Netflix have acquired Spry Fox, the builders of Alphabear and Cozy Grove. Spry Fox say that each one their current video games will stay out there on their present platforms and the studio are persevering with to work on Cozy Grove 2 and “a bigger, non-violent MMO.”
Of their put up asserting the acquisition, Spry Fox’s David Edery writes that the studio will “proceed making the video games that we had been already making and needed to make, however with extra help and sources to make these video games higher and produce them to extra folks world wide.”
Edery additionally writes that Spry Fox can “cease stressing about how our video games generate revenue on our video games and as a substitute focus solely on making them as pleasing and fulfilling to our gamers as attainable.” As a result of Netflix is a charity that simply loves pleasure, I assume.
Spry Fox is Netflix’s sixth in-house video games studio, a set that additionally contains the just lately acquired Oxenfree developer Night time College.
All Netflix’s at the moment printed video games, whether or not by wholly-owned studios or not, can be found to play through the Netflix cellular app. The video games are included as a part of a Netflix subscription and have no microtransactions or adverts. In the event you’re already a Netflix subscriber, it is value grabbing the app so you possibly can have a go at Poinpy, the brand new sport from Downwell developer Ojiro Fumoto.
Netflix sees video video games as a risk as a result of if individuals are taking part in video games then they are not watching tv. It additionally sees them as a method of diverisfying their enterprise in mild of subscriber numbers (and the corporate’s share worth) declining in 2022 after years of progress.
The acquisition of Spry Fox additionally varieties a part of a latest pattern of video games trade consolidation, which typically goes improper, as within the case of Embracer’s latest acquisition and near-immediate closure of Hitman Go’s builders.