Netflix and Telltale Games are teaming up for a number of new projects, including a video game based on Stranger Things and a new series based on Minecraft.
The line between video game and streaming entertainment is an ever-shifting one, as games feature increasingly cinematic visuals and cut-scenes, and streaming platforms explore the possibilities of interactive storytelling. Last year, Netflix premiered multiple interactive narrative series, including Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, and Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale. Viewer decisions at crucial parts in the story can then choose how the story unfolds, and even how it ends. HBO, too, released Mosaic, a new story from Steven Soderbergh that premiered in the form an interactive app that allowed audiences to dictate the murder mystery’s plot and conclusion. Minecraft, meanwhile, has debuted its own Story Mode game, which follows a similar format, and The Walking Dead also has its own interactive game available on multiple platforms (including Amazon’s Fire TV).
Now, Minecraft: Story Mode is coming to Netflix, in the form a five-episode interactive series. It will debut on the service this autumn.
“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.
TechRadar was the first to break news of Telltale and Netflix’s partnership, although is misreported several key details. Now, Netflix has clarified to the site that Netflix and Telltale are also teaming up for a Strangers Thing game. While this stems from the same agreement between the tech firms, the game will not be on Netflix, but a more traditional game on other platforms.
“We don’t have any plans to get into gaming. 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,” said Netflix in a statement.
“We’re thrilled to confirm that Telltale is developing a game based on Stranger Things that we’ll publish to consoles and computers at a later date,” added Telltale.