Telltale is working on a Stranger Things game

Donna Miller
June 14, 2018

Back in December we reported on the possibility of Netflix offering branching path content, and had even pointed to Telltale's The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones as ideal examples of limited interaction experiences that could fit with Netflix's technology.

That being said, interactive narratives are probably all Netflix can support at this time - don't expect Battlefield 5 to appear beside Orange is the New Black. These movies are unique in that it allowed kids (and kids at heart) to choose the fate of the main character and drastically change the story.

It's the sort of thing that would have never been possible through traditional linear TV, but is enabled through an online platform like Netflix. The company has confirmed to TechRadar that MineCraft: Story Mode for Netflix will be five-part licensed interactive narrative series.

Minecraft: Story Mode is immediately available on the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and both Android and Apple iOS devices.

Netflix responded, "We don't have any plans to get into gaming". Well, would you believe. This is an "interactive narrative story", an extension of the interactive videos that Netflix already has on its service.

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A new Netflix deal could bring Stranger Things to Telltale Games, and give Mincraft: Story Mode to the streaming giant. In addition, Telltale Games is working on a Stranger Things project.

Sources familiar with the matter share that the games made available for streaming will initially be dialogue-driven, meaning that gamers will advance through the storyline by selecting options proposed via text. For example, it launched a standalone "Orange is the New Black" app back in 2014, and when it was promoting the new season of "Arrested Development", it introduced a "FakeBlock" app. Stranger Things by Telltale Games would be the third official spin-off game for the franchise, but certainly isn't going to be the last.

Netflix isn't playing the semantics game when it drives a wedge between interactive entertainment and video games.

TechRadar's sources report that the games will be largely platform-agnostic. This simplified command is a flawless pairing for Telltale's slate of games, as they often only require the player to select from dialogue options or move the cursor to a specific location on the screen.

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