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We heard that Netflix was testing the waters with gaming as well as movies and TV shows earlier this year, after a job opportunity popped up for an executive who would direct the development and promotion of video games on the service. Netflix was allegedly headhunting "veteran game industry executives" for the opening and was thinking about offering a "bundle of games similar to Apple's online subscription offering, Apple Arcade." Of course, the company would be clashing with Google Stadia and Amazon Luna that also operate in the same space, but this tidbit from Steve Moser shows that Netflix might have a trick up its sleeve.
The editor in chief at technology news website The Tape Drive shared four images of what he claims to be the "current marketing" for Netflix's new gaming service. Interestingly, there are two DualSense controllers in one image and the cover art for Sucker Punch Studio's Ghost of Tsushima in another image. Furthermore, there's a shark fin to represent the working title of the separate gaming service on Netflix: "Shark." A report from The Verge published in 2018 referred to a "jump to shark" button on Netflix that allows the viewer to only see scenes in the movie that feature sharks. Perhaps this is the evolution of that silly invention. Lastly, there's a logo with the bright red Netflix "N" next to the word "GAME" in white.
This is one inspired collaboration if these images are verifiable. As Xbox Game Pass soars to higher and higher heights, players have been waiting with baited breath to see what PlayStation's move against Microsoft will be. "Netflix is pushing forward with a game stream program, and so will need content to make that program compelling to users. There's no more compelling content than what PlayStation produces," said ooombasa on Reddit in response to this rumour. "Netflix has the subscribers and streaming technology, while Sony has the games and reputation. Sounds like a perfect match to me," added duz_machines.
However, it is worth pointing out that these images of Jin Sakai and the two DualSense controllers could be placeholders while Netflix figures out the direction it wants to take its gaming service in. In-progress mockups of Verizon Gaming showed titles like God Of War that would have been available for streaming, yet these ultimately never made it into the finished version. And, those vibey controllers? It's a frame from a stock video found on Shutterstock.
As such, we should hold our horses for now. Moser claimed that Netflix is considering launching its new gaming service "sooner rather than later," so we might not be waiting for confirmation for very long.
Featured Image Credit: David Balev via Pexels, Sucker Punch Productions
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