When we first heard about the new supernatural game Oxenfree, coming from former Telltale and Disney employees, we were intrigued. Now that we’ve learned that none other than The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will be helping to adapt the game to other mediums, our anticipation has quite simply gone through the roof.
You can head over to Steam to purchase Oxenfree when it’s released on January 15 to experience what will undoubtedly be the first installment in a long and successful franchise. And stay tuned for our review!
From the Press Release:
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:
“All-Day Live Stream of Oxenfree” with Skybound & Friends on January 15th @ 11am PT
Fans are invited to tune in to twitch.tv/skybound starting at 11am PT, where we will be playing and discussing the game throughout the day!
An Official Oxenfree Making of Webseries called “The Story of Oxenfree” (see two of these above)
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
Skybound and Night School have also commissioned Outcast comic artist Paul Azaceta to create a limited edition Oxenfree poster
“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 and follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.