Netflix has announced that it’s adding two more games to its service today, bringing the total number of games on the platform to 48. The streaming service has also teased some upcoming games, including one that’s based on its historical drama “Vikings: Valhalla.”
Kentucky Route Zero, the first game that launches today, was developed by Cardboard Computer. Annapurna Interactive published it. The adventure game features a secret road that runs through Kentucky’s caves. Twelve Minutes is the second game that will launch today. It was created by 24 Bit Games and published in Annapurna Interactive. Players will be trying to escape a time loop nightmare. The game also features the voices and contributions of James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe.
Netflix claims that the Vikings Valhalla video game will allow players to take the leadership of powerful Viking clans, build settlements and increase their influence throughout the continent. The game will be launched by Netflix in the first quarter 2023.
Also launching next year is a new game called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. As described by Netflix, “players will be able to kick shell with Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo or other familiar friends in this totally tubular ’80s-inspired beat ’em up.” The streaming service says players will find old-school gameplay enhanced with new fighting mechanics and discover adventures with a new story mode.
Netflix has noted that it’s still early days for its mobile gaming efforts, and new games can take years to build, which indicates that its long-term vision for mobile gaming goes far beyond the more casual gaming releases it has made available to subscribers since launching Netflix Games in November 2021.
In August data showed that Netflix had 1.7 million subscribers who play Netflix games every day. This figure is less then 1% of its streaming subscriber pool. Netflix is focused on growing this number and making itself a player in the game of gaming. In October, Netflix’s Vice President of Gaming Mike Verdu announced that Netflix would be opening a new studio at the Southern California location and also exploring cloud gaming. Since then, Netflix has also acquired Spry Fox, a Seattle-based independent gaming studio focused on cozy games.