(The following is cross-posted from Skybound.com because we’re super-pumped and want everyone to check out OXENFREE)
Oxenfree is an astoundingly beautiful, mysterious, narrative-driven game that’s already getting a ton of praise and attention, and it’s out THIS FRIDAY—January 15th—on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam (for PC/Mac). You definitely have to play it! But why are we telling you this? Because we’ve partnered with creators Night School Studio to not just explore other channels for the story, but also to help get this game into as many hands as possible!
When we got our look at an early build, we knew immediately that Oxenfree and Night School Studio were a great match for Skybound. They’re small team of artistically-minded people putting story first and maintaining control of their property from concept to execution. So the question was how could we help?
Skybound has become a truly transmedia company, from movies to TV to online series to live streaming to VR and more. When we see a great property in ANY form we immediately want to see if there are ways to build on the story and bring it to other mediums. We’ll be exploring these opportunities with the Night School team. And short term we’re already working on merch, doing a live stream this Friday (starts at 11am PT on our TWITCH CHANNEL), and creating a web series about the making of Oxenfree! In fact, here’s the first episode:
We’re really, REALLY excited! We can’t wait for players to get their hands on the final game (again, THIS Friday!) and let us know what they think. Stay tuned for more on the game and what sort of hi-jinx we’ll be getting up to with our partners at Night School! And now, THE PRESS RELEASE!
ROBERT KIRKMAN’S SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING NIGHT SCHOOL STUDIO’S OXENFREE TO ADDITIONAL MEDIUMS
Indie Video Game Developer Night School Studio Inks Co-Branding Agreement with Skybound Entertainment for the Upcoming Game Oxenfree
Los Angeles – Jan. 11, 2016 – Night School Studio, the indie game developer behind Oxenfree, has partnered with Skybound Entertainment, Robert Kirkman and David Alpert’s multiplatform entertainment company, to produce multifaceted content for Oxenfree in a co-branding franchise agreement. In this agreement, Skybound plans to work with Night School Studio to build the Oxenfree brand and to bring their story to additional mediums such as film, a web docuseries, merchandise, and more. Oxenfree, due out January 15th for Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam (PC and Mac), is a single player game that’s equal parts coming-of-age tale and supernatural thriller.
Players will take on the role of Alex, a bright and rebellious teenager, as she brings her new step-brother Jonas to an overnight high school party gone horribly wrong. Rites of passage and senior year traditions set the stage for a group of friends sneaking off to Edwards Island, a decommissioned military outpost with no phone service. Inspired by classic cult films like “Stand by Me” and “Poltergeist,” Oxenfree is a narrative-driven adventure game that has surprising twists and an emotional outcome for players.
“Skybound is kicking off the New Year in a big way. As soon as we got our hands on Oxenfree and experienced this unique narrative driven game we knew that the IP had huge potential and that the Skybound team needed to be a part of it,” said Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead” and CEO, Skybound Entertainment. “Creating multiplatform entertainment in the thriller genre is in our wheelhouse, and it’s great to partner with the passionate developers at Night School to delve deeper into the Oxenfree realm.”
In addition to the creator-focused Oxenfree co-branding agreement, the Skybound Entertainment team has a number of special events and exclusive assets planned to celebrate the release of the title. Some of these include:
○ The Story of Oxenfree videos will be released daily on youtube.com/user/Skybound starting January 11th – January 14th, leading up to the Friday “Skybound and Friends” Twitch stream
○ “The Story of Oxenfree” episodes will focus on: Story & Narrative, Art, Gameplay & Mechanics and Characters & Voices
○ The Episodes were produced by Genevieve Jones and directed by Michael Cruz, Shot by Collin Brazie and Charles Gibson, Edited by Ron Babcock and Michael Cruz, with music from the game composed by SCNTFC
“We are beyond excited to be working with Robert Kirkman and Skybound to expand the Oxenfree world,” said Sean Krankel, co-founder and CEO, Night School Studio. “Skybound have shown time and again that they know how to take weird, creepy, cool stories and bring them to various media in super authentic ways. Oxenfree has been a labor of love for Night School, and it’s clear to us that Skybound will treat our story and characters with respect in games, film, and beyond. We’re looking forward to creating awesome content together and offering fans a deeper dive into the world of Oxenfree!”
Oxenfree will launch on January 15, 2016 for $19.99 on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam (PC and Mac). To learn more about Night School Studio’s Oxenfree and pre-order the game, please check out the official website at http://nightschoolstudio.com/oxenfree/ and follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
About Skybound Entertainment
Founded in 2010, Los Angeles-based Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform entertainment company specializing in television, film, digital content, interactive, gaming, and merchandise. The company is led by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and his longtime producing and business partner David Alpert.
About Night School Studio
Founded in 2014 by cousins Sean Krankel and Adam Hines, Night School is an independent studio focused on the intersection of story and interactivity. The team of Telltale and Disney alumni are applying their extensive experience to create a game filled with wonder, danger, and humor. Oxenfree is its first game.