Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals has been hit by another delay, pushing it back to 2023. Developers Night School Studio announced the delay in a recent tweet and promised players that this move was to make sure the game was “the best game it can possibly be”. In their tweet, they announced that this included making Oxenfree 2 “truly special”, as well as adding more localisations to ensure more fans in the community can enjoy it.
Night School Studio thanked these fans for their “patience, support, and understanding”, and told them to “stay tuned” for more information.
An update on OXENFREE II: Lost Signals pic.twitter.com/bEcwrvHUR9
— Night School Studio (@nightschoolers) September 24, 2022
This is the second major delay to hit the game. Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals was originally announced back in 2021 and was expected to launch on the Nintendo Switch later that year. But shortly afterwards, the developers announced that it had been delayed to 2022, stating similar reasons for wanting the game to be the best it could possibly be.
Set five years after the original game, Oxenfree 2 follows a brand-new character named Riley as she returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate the appearance of mysterious radio signals. Despite being eerily similar to the radio signals of the stellar first game, and being set in the same world, Lost Signals features an entirely new set of characters and locations.
Fans of the original have no need to fear, however, as that game’s phenomenally engaging and realistic dialogue system makes a welcome return. As does the game’s evocative art style and atmosphere, with a looming sense of fear and dread permeating every scene. Those lucky enough to have played the demo earlier this year praised its unsettling atmosphere and storytelling, and agreed that it has taken everything that worked well in the original and expanded on them in all the right ways.
Netflix Acquires Night School Studio
Netflix acquired Night School Studio just last year as part of their recent aspirations of getting into the mobile gaming market. As a result of this merger, the 2016 original, Oxenfree, was added to Netflix’s mobile game line-up just a few days ago. Subscribers to the streaming platform are able to download and play the entire game for no additional fees. Netflix has even promised that the entire experience will be ad-free and there will be no microtransactions or in-app purchases of any kind.
Does this mean subscribers will be able to get their hands on Oxenfree 2 free of charge when it finally launches sometime next year? Probably not, initially, as the studio will be hoping for high sales numbers, but it’s highly likely it will be added somewhere shortly down the line.
Fans can expect a number of improvements, however, including new language options and new radio signals. Recent PC updates also introduced new radio signals, which appear to be coming from the antagonists of Oxenfree 2, who may be powerful enough to mess with time itself.
Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals is due to release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.