The streaming service confirmed that Minecraft: Story Mode, a licensed five-episode interactive narrative series, is indeed coming to Netflix this fall. While services like PlayStation Now have seen some success, interactive adventure games are much better suited to the format. Instead of a traditional game setup, Minecraft "will be delivered via video files and will accept commands via any remote equipped with directional and select buttons".
"Separately, 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", the company said, adding that it would provide more details about the projects later in the year. Following the success of Minecraft: Story Mode, expect other Telltale games to make their way to Netflix as well. "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".
After having worked on titles based around series far and wide involving major franchises like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and more, Telltale Games has given a new look into what lies ahead for the studio outside of its current projects, and it looks like things are about to get odd. Lastly, Netflix said it has no plans to get into gaming.
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.
Sources say that playable demos of the experience have been in existence for at least the a year ago, and that an announcement of the partnership "could happen any day". "I think there is a lot of space for Telltale to move on to platforms that most people don't even really consider to be game systems", the company said. When reached, Telltale told Engadget that they do not comment on rumors.
First of all, Telltale is working on a Stranger Things video game, according to a report from TechRadar. It's likely that both the partnership and new game could be announced simultaneously. The most probable contender here is the hugely-popular Stranger Things. "It's an extension of our other interactive stories".