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Oxenfree II: Lost Signals — Everything We Know

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Night School Studio is on the verge of bringing the second chapter to its psychological fourth wall-breaking series Oxenfree to consoles and PC. And the best part is, it’ll be shaping up for a debut on Netflix Games, too, what with the streaming giant acquiring the developer for its own network a year or so back.

It’s been a long time coming, to be fair, seeing as the original chapter garnered quite a lot of positive traction back in 2016. Only this time, the second wave will break away from the OP’s characters and storyline, and opt for a brand new cast and series of dimension-shattering obstacles to shuffle through.

Without further ado, here is everything you really need to know about Netflix Games’ standalone extension to the IP. Oxenfree II: Lost Signals — just what is it, and how will it look to one-up its predecessor? Let’s dive right in.

What Is Oxenfree II: Lost Signals?

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals is an upcoming narrative-driven adventure game by Night School Studio, and the long-awaited sequel to 2016’s critically acclaimed original. Set five years after the events of the first game, players will once again return to a world plagued by fractured radio signals and cult-like activity—a realm in which you, an environmental researcher, will use your abilities to knuckle down on its countless oddities and chronicle the mysteries.

According to NSS, the sequel will act as a standalone entry in the timeline, meaning you won’t have to experience the first in order to make heads or tails of its narrative. That said, given the thick coating of lore that the IP adopts, it is strongly recommended that you romp through 2016’s chapter before hand. Not that you need to, of course.

Story

In light of the teens of Edwards Island accidentally opening a rift to a ghostly realm, a new cult known as the Parentage are now attempting to tear open a new portal to the other side. Unfortunately, such attempts are taking a direct effect on the town of Camena — a remote location that’s suddenly becoming lost to unruly radio frequencies and an unsettling series of events. This is where you, an environmental researcher, will take your place — bound for the shores of Camena on a hunt to uncover the town’s darkest mysteries.

In the words of Night School Studio: “TVs turn on and off. Planes lose radar. Radio stations can't broadcast through the static. In the small coastal town of Camena, unnaturally occurring electromagnetic waves are suddenly causing interference with electrical and radio equipment. Reluctantly, Riley Poverly returns to her hometown to investigate the mystery, but what she finds is more than she bargained for.” How’s that for an opener?

Gameplay

Like the first game, Lost Signals will rely heavily on the dialogue shared between yourself and those around you. With a walkie-talkie in hand, you will have to make rash decisions on who you interact with, who you save, and above all, the actions that shape the town of Camena.

“Forge a deep friendship with an old acquaintance from high school or opt to ignore a lost fisherman in need,” Night School explains. “Your choices impact who Riley becomes, your relationships, and the story options available to you at every turn.”

In addition to the heaps of dialogue that you will have to sift through, Lost Signals will also be bringing back its iconic radio mechanic, a feature which will let you “communicate with the supernatural, manipulate the world, and travel to the past by tuning into time tears: unnatural fissures in the time-space continuum.”

Development

It was always in the cards — a sequel to one of 2016’s surprise sleeper hits. Thanks to Netflix’s acquisition of Night School Studio, the project was fast-tracked to the front of the indie scene back in 2021. Since then, both NSS and its parent company have been working around the clock to bring the long-awaited sequel to consoles and PC.

“Netflix gives film, TV, and now game makers an unprecedented canvas to create and deliver excellent entertainment to millions of people,” NSS founder Sean Krankel wrote in a blog post. “Our explorations in narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record of supporting diverse storytellers was such a natural pairing. It felt like both teams came to this conclusion instinctively.”

Trailer

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals - Announce Trailer | PS5, PS4

Thanks to Night School Studio and Netflix Games, fans can now get their hands on a pretty insightful trailer of Lost Signals. You can see it for yourself in the video embedded above.

Release Date, Platforms & Editions

As luck would have it, Night School Studio will be bringing the sequel to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Mobile, and PC via Steam on July 12, 2023. Does this mean it won’t be coming to Xbox at all? Apparently not, no. Word on the street is, with Netflix looking to knuckle in on the world of cloud streaming, the media giant is looking to Xbox as one of its top competitors — hence its decision to sideline Game Pass and the Xbox Series X|S altogether. Who knows, though? Given the fact that the original game did in fact launch on Xbox back in 2016, perhaps there’s still a chance it will make its way over in the not-so distant future?

As it stands, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals won’t be available to purchase as a physical copy. On the contrary, it’ll come packaged in a single digital version on the PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, and Steam, and will cost roughly $20 on launch. It’ll also be available to play on mobile and tablets via Netflix Games, which is included in any standard membership as a free add-on.

If the island of Camena has piqued your interest, then be sure to check in with Night School Studio for all the pre-launch updates here. We’ll be sure to let you know just as soon as anything noteworthy pops up. Until then, you can add it to your wishlist over on Steam here.

 

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