Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Netflix to partner up with Telltale Games to bolster its interactive content

Telltale announce they're creating Stranger Things game with Netflix Stranger Things is coming to Telltale
Cecil Davis | 14 June, 2018, 10:13

The setup should operate like Amazon's Fire TV service, which has carried Telltale games like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy for years. "There's a broad spectrum of entertainment available today", the company explained.

In other words, Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Netflix isn't some new venture for the streaming service.

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. "Games have become increasingly cinematic, but unlike gaming, there's no winners or losers in these types of stories, and we view it as interactive narrative storytelling on our service". More information regarding both Telltale's partnership with Netflix and the in-development Stranger Things game should be forthcoming soon.

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. It confirmed that the company plans to launch an interactive five-episode version of Netflix: Story Mode by fall of this year.

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"We're delighted by the response we're seeing to the idea of Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Netflix in the fall as an interactive adventure", Telltale said in a statement to Deadline. Specifically, in a report from TechRadar, the adaptation of the series will be "an extension of our other interactive stories we have on our service", with the title being compared to programs like Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout and Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, and commands in the game will be input through more TV-centric devices like a standard remote control. TechRadar's sources suggested that an announcement of the partnership "could happen any day". But it looks like we're waiting to see who'll make the first move in this bold new direction.

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We've reached out to Netflix and Telltale.

Also under the deal, Telltale is producing a game based on "Stranger Things" for consoles and PCs. This role will likely be pivotal in bringing more interactive experiences to the platform in the future, and potentially lead to more Netflix-branded game crossovers.