“The Walking Dead” creator’s company and the video game developer will work together to bring “Oxenfree” to new mediums like film and merchandising. A making-of web-based documentary series has also been produced by Skybound and the first episode went up today on the entertainment company’s YouTube channel. The series is called “The Story of ‘Oxenfree'” and the first episode covers the game’s story with one episode releasing every day after until the game comes out Jan. 15.
“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,” Kirkman said in a statement. “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.”
“Oxenfree” is the story of a group of teenagers who take an overnight trip to Edwards Island where things take a turn for the supernatural. The game is an homage to 80s coming-of-age and horror movies, with one of the game developer’s founders calling it a “Freaks and Geeks” meets “Poltergeist” with some “Stand By Me” and “Goonies” sprinkled in.
This will not be the first time Skybound has worked to develop projects for indie games. In the past the company has worked on a making-of series for VR game “Gone” as well as multiple videos for a card game called “Superfight.”
“Oxenfree” is Night School Studios’ debut title and launches for PC and Xbox One on Jan 15.