, Netflix Gaming Getting ‘Ghost Of Tsushima’? Not So Fast, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Netflix Gaming Getting ‘Ghost Of Tsushima’? Not So Fast

, Netflix Gaming Getting ‘Ghost Of Tsushima’? Not So Fast, The Nzuchi News Forbes

In the wake of Netflix announcing that they were getting into the video game business with in-app games led by an ex-EA exec, one dataminer found something rather interesting.

Within the Netflix app, Steven Moser turned up not just the Netflix Games logo, but something that seems to indicate some sort of coming partnership with Sony, as there are images of two PS5 controllers and art from Ghost of Tsushima there as well.

So uh, what’s going on here?

Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw was told these images were placeholders, though he admits that could be BS being used to cover the tracks of an announcement that hasn’t happened yet. I am tempted to lean toward this being true, given that the PS5 controller image is actually stock art from Shutterstock.

But the theory people are running with, that some megadeal is going to be happening between Sony and Netflix to bring Ghost of Tsushima streaming on the app in time for its Director’s Cut edition…has little root in reality.

Everything that’s been reported about how Netflix is handling its gaming side at first would say that there is roughly a zero percent chance of this happening. The games are supposed to be downloaded, not streamed, meaning that they are going to be playable pretty much only on places like tablets or phones or possibly PC. For Tsushima to exist within an app it would essentially have to be streamed.

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Netflix is reportedly commissioning either original games or ones based on its existing IPs. Again, these sound like smaller, mobile-focused projects, and we’ve heard nothing about if they’re licensing existing games to be downloaded within the app. If so, that seems like it could run afoul of App Store policies.

Finally, I mean, you know Sony, do you think there’s a real chance that they would license a megahit IP to be streamed or downloaded on the Netflix app? Ghost of Tsushima doesn’t even have a PC port, and it’s going to be a AAA flagship for Netflix’s brand new gaming service? No, I don’t think it will.

The only thing I could see as a possible connection here outside of the Occam’s Razor “placeholder” explanation is that perhaps there could be some pending announcement about the Ghost of Tsushima movie adaptation finding a home on Netflix. That movie was announced by Sony Pictures some time ago, and with how often Netflix is dipping into video games for content lately, I can see them paying to debut that film as a Netflix offering. That makes some amount of sense to me, though it has nothing to do directly with their actual gaming service, making this two completely separate stories.

In short, no, I do not believe the Netflix gaming section is going to be getting access to Ghost of Tsushima anytime soon, nor any other PlayStation games. At worst, this is nothing, at best, it’s some sort of potential movie IP collaboration, so everyone should calm down.

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