Netflix’s next AAA game is taking a page out of Halo Infinite's playbook

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Halo veteran Joseph Staten will join Netflix Games as its newest creative director to work on its next AAA title. 

Joseph Staten is best known for his work on Halo Infinite as the head of creative, among other famous AAA games. “There’s nothing I love more than collaborating with others to build worlds filled with iconic characters, deep mysteries, and endless adventures”, Staten said in a tweet. It seems like Netflix Games is the place where Staten can fulfil this dream, especially as the streaming giant is relatively new to gaming. 

So far, we know that Netflix’s next game will be an original IP available on multiple platforms. Sadly, there’s not much else to learn other than this. However, I’m resting easy knowing that such a talented and experienced dev has taken the helm. 

Netflix has games? 

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The first thought you may have after reading this is: “Netflix produces games?” That would be a fair question. Last year CNBC published data showing how only 1% of Netflix’s users were utilizing its games.

This statistic wouldn’t sting as badly if Netflix hadn’t invested $70 million in acquiring Stranger Things and The Walking Dead game developers, Next Games only last year. However, there’s still plenty of time for the streaming giant to get acquainted with gaming. 

Hopefully, Staten will revitalize Netflix’s focus on gaming. Despite tech giants like Amazon and Google proving that money doesn’t translate to success, it seems that Netflix is taking all the proper steps to ensure a successful future. 

Elie Gould
Features Writer

Elie is a Features Writer for TechRadar Gaming, here to write about anything new or slightly weird. Before writing for TRG, Elie studied for a Masters at Cardiff University JOMEC in International Journalism and Documentaries – spending their free time filming short docs or editing the gaming section for their student publications. 

Elie’s first step into gaming was through Pokémon but they've taken the natural next step in the horror genre. Any and every game that would keep you up at night is on their list to play - despite the fact that one of Elie’s biggest fears is being chased.