Netflix adds online game Relic Hunters from Brazilian developer to its catalog

The company's gaming strategy was launched last year, and it is, little by little, reaching developers and audiences around the world.

The Netflix logo is seen on the company's office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
The Netflix logo is seen on the company's office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 16, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Netflix is exclusively adding the shooter-looter game Relic Hunters: Rebels, the first mobile game from the Brazilian developer Rogue Snail, to its gaming catalog.

The game involves participants playing as four of the hunters with the aim of collecting different weapons to fight off space ducks and turtles in an attempt to defeat the evil Ducan Empire.

Netflix, having stepped into mobile gaming recently, has been beefing up on titles. It acquired three gaming studios – Night School, best known for the game Oxenfree, Next Games, the Finnish studio behind the Stranger Things game, and Boss Fight Entertainment, popular for Dungeon Boss.

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Analysts have flagged that the company’s efforts would be costly and will take a while before it can make an impact, given that the mobile gaming industry has its veterans.

“We tried to make a game that would run easily on older phones, so we could reach a wider audience in places where people can’t afford a new device every year,” Rogue Snail’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Venturelli said in a statement.

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“The idea that we could make games without worrying about monetization was also very compelling, as it allows us to focus on just making a fun game without having to worry about how to pay our bills.”

Rogue Snail, founded in 2013, is a fully remote game studio based in Brazil. The company has published titles like Star Vikings Forever, Chroma Squad, and other titles based on Relic Hunters.

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