Indie video game Oxenfree won’t be hitting Xbox and Steam until Jan. 15, 2016. But Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic book, has already snapped it up. Kirkman’s studio Skybound Entertainment and Oxenfree’s creators, Night School Studio, will be bringing Oxenfree to the big screen.
According to Skybound’s press release, Oxenfree is slated to become “a film, a web docuseries, merchandise, and more.”
“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.”
Night School Studio, composed of developers from Telltale Games (who made the playable version of The Walking Dead) and Disney, created this narrative-driven story of high-school seniors who, as tradition would have it, spend the night on a island—one with an abandoned military facility on it.
Of course, one of the teens goes missing, and our protagonist Alex and her new stepbrother Jonas search for her. They uncover the supernatural instead.
Polygon calls this atmospheric, side-scroller a combination of Freaks and Geeks and Poltergeist. A game to make us wince at high-school awkwardness and scream about monsters and, um, high-school awkwardness? You can bet this will be on my play list.
Check out some gameplay below: