Netflix appears to be working on its first triple-A PC game, according to new job listings spotted by Mobilegamer.biz. Netflix’s Los Angeles studio currently looking for a Game Director, Technical Director, Art Director, and other people with a significant experience in the video game industry to work on “a brand-new unpublished AAA game.”
According to the different job listings, Netflix’s upcoming PC game will be a third-person shooter built using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. Chacko Sonny, the former executive producer of Overwatch and new head of Netflix’s Southern California game studio will oversee the development of the triple-A PC game.
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Netflix currently has five game studios across the world. The company previously acquired Night School Studio, Boss Fight Entertainment, and Next Games, and it also opened a new internal studio in Helsinki, Finland in September.
If gaming isn’t exactly in Netflix’s ADN, the company now offers its subscribers a selection of mobile games with no ads or in-app purchases. However, creating blockbuster games requires massive resources, and this is something a company like Amazon already tried with little success so far: In recent years, Amazon’s Games division canceled several projects including the free-to-play multiplayer game Crucible and a Lord of the Rings MMO.
Netflix is known for its data-driven approach that leads to many TV shows being canceled at the end of their first season, often to the disappointment of subscribers. We don’t know yet if Netflix’s fifth studios are building games with a live service component, but it will be interesting to see if the company will keep investing in games that don’t enjoy immediate success.