Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

As initially reported by TechRadar, Netflix will release "Minecraft: Story Mode" this fall, a licensed five-episode series set in the world of the blockbuster video game. While services like PlayStation Now have seen some success, interactive adventure games are much better suited to the format. Players will be able to control the game with any remote control device equipped with directional and select buttons, which will allow them to select dialogue options. The studio made the announcement during E3 2018, where it tweeted about the move and announced that it is also developing a game based on Stranger Things. The first game that will be part of the deal is Minecraft: Story Mode. This is an "interactive narrative story", an extension of the interactive videos that Netflix already has on its service. "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 told Deadline.

When asked what a final product might look like, sources pointed to the Amazon Fire TV platform - an ecosystem in which you can find a number of Telltale Games series like Minecraft: Story Mode, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - and which only requires that viewers have a remote in hand. The most probable contender here is the hugely-popular Stranger Things.

This partnership has yet to be formally announced by either company, but sources say that the announcement "could happen any day". But if you were hoping this represented a first step toward the streaming of modern "AAA" games, the blockbusters like Assassin's Creed or Destiny, keep waiting.

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As for the yet-unannounced Telltale Stranger Things game, sources say the game should have been ready for launch in the autumn of 2017, but was pushed back to a later date.

"Our partnership with Netflix is something we're incredibly proud of, and while we don't have anything more to share right now, we're excited to reveal details on these projects later in the year".

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. 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.

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