Joseph Staten, one of many key gamers behind the unique Halo video games, has joined Netflix to create a brand new IP.
The developer not too long ago tweeted that he’s now the inventive director on a “brand-new AAA multiplatform sport and unique IP” at Netflix. Whereas Staten had confirmed earlier this month that he had left Microsoft, we’re solely now discovering out the place he ended up. No additional particulars on the Netflix challenge had been supplied.
Staten is a significant get for Netflix’s burgeoning video games division, as he served as a author and the director of cinematics on Bungie’s Halo video games. After engaged on Future for Bungie, he left the corporate to hitch Microsoft correct as a senior inventive director, writing the likes of ReCore and Crackdown 3. Microsoft would later deliver him on to assist 343 Industries ship the long-delayed Halo Infinite in 2020. Nevertheless, Halo Infinite‘s post-launch assist has been rocky, whereas 343 itself has misplaced numerous workers, so it is sensible that Staten was trying elsewhere.
Netflix Video games, in the meantime, may be very a lot nonetheless in its infancy following a November 2021 launch. Presently, there are round 55 video games on the platform, that are supplied to Netflix subscribers at no extra value. Final month, Netflix additionally confirmed that there are practically 100 video games in growth for the platform, with 16, particularly, being made in-house.
As a part of these first-party efforts, the corporate has bought a handful of studios, together with Oxenfree developer Night time Faculty Leisure, whereas additionally opening one in Helsinki, Finland. Netflix can also be early in growth on a cloud service that might deliver its sport to different platforms its service helps, resembling sensible TVs. It stays to be seen how Staten’s sport, particularly, will issue into Netflix’s broader gaming ambitions.
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