A new Netflix deal could bring Stranger Things to Telltale Games, and give Mincraft: Story Mode to the streaming giant.
Netflix and Telltale Games have formed a partnership with all kinds of exciting implications.
First of all, Telltale is working on a Stranger Things video game, according to a report from TechRadar. No release window or details have been provided, so the project is likely in an early production phase.
Perhaps more importantly, Netflix will add at least one Telltale video game to its streaming library. The test launch for this initiative will be Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1, which should arrive this Fall.
“Minecraft: Story Mode is a licensed 5-episode interactive narrative series coming to our service this fall,” Netflix said in a statement. “It’s an extension of our other interactive stories we have on our service like Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.”
This is actually an fascinating step for direct video game streaming. While services like PlayStation Now have seen some success, interactive adventure games are much better suited to the format. What’s more, Netflix’s built-in audience would allow for a massive player base.
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.
“We don’t have any plans to get into gaming,” Netflix’s statement continues. “There’s a broad spectrum of entertainment available today. Games have become increasingly cinematic, but we view this as interactive narrative storytelling on our service.”
Telltale’s Stranger Things game will not debut on Netflix – at least not at launch.