News broke last week that Netflix was indeed going to be adding video games to their service. It was short and sweet, but I’m sure we all had plenty of questions for Netflix that they weren’t willing to answer. How exactly would it work? Would it cost more? Well, we still don’t know much, but we do have some answers for you.
According to IGN, Netflix wrote to shareholders ahead of its quarterly financial earnings and mentioned where their focus would be when developing video games for the platform. In the letter, Netflix stated that “Initially, we’ll be primarily focused on games for mobile devices. Since we are nearly a decade into our push into original programming, we think the time is right to learn more about how our members value games.”
Honestly, I was expecting them to get into the console gaming market right away. Obviously, mobile games have their appeal, but it does feel a bit strange to me. A lot of people don’t refer to them as “real” games. However, this whole idea is new to Netflix, so they’re most likely just playing it safe and testing the waters before they dive headfirst into serious game development.
Netflix also added in the letter that when games launch on the service, they will “be included in members’ Netflix subscription at no additional cost similar to films and series.”
If that turns out to be true, that’s great news. But like I’ve said before, we’re always seeing Netflix subscriptions go up in price, so it’s one thing to say games will be included, and it’s another to all of a sudden bump that standard price up once games become available. This would also be problematic if you aren’t even one someone that wants to play any of the games, but you’re paying more. It’s still all so early in the process though, so hopefully, we’ll get more concrete information in the coming weeks.