Netflix is planning to add games to its streaming service

Joanna Estrada
June 14, 2018

UPDATE: A Netflix spokesperson got in touch with us this afternoon to confirm that the streaming giant will launch "a licensed 5-episode interactive narrative series" called Minecraft: Story Mode this fall.

Simmer down, everyone. Netflix isn't about to stream video games. 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".

Along with this deal between the two companies, Telltale is also reportedly developing a Stranger Things game.

Original: A new report from TechRadar reveals that Netflix and Telltale Games are in talks to bring the developer's titles to the streaming service, starting with Minecraft: Story Mode.

Forward-looking: Netflix is expanding it's library to interactive movies and games that increase viewer engagement create a new form of consumable media. This game is launching as a standalone title on the Telltale platform at a later date.

At the moment however, no deal between Netflix and Telltale Games has been made official, though the sources say that an announcement of such a partnership is imminent.

Telltale has mentioned wanting to work with the streaming service in the past on several occasions, and it appears that request has finally come to fruition.

That said, it now sounds even simpler than that. Now, according to TechRadar, it's getting into the gaming business. Considering that many of Telltale's games revolve around choosing between dialogue options or pointing the cursor somewhere to tell your character where to go.

Details are still emerging, but Telltale said that it is now working on the Stranger Things game, which will be coming to consoles and PC. Right now, Minecraft is the only confirmed game being adapted to Netflix's interactive storytelling. "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. It's likely that both the partnership and new game could be announced simultaneously.

A final piece of evidence regarding the existence of such a concoction is this listing for a job over at Netflix, with one of the requirements being that the candidate "use games as a marketing tactic to capture demand and delight our member community (ex: Stranger Things: The Game)".

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