Netflix May Soon Offer Video Game Streaming

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The streaming service confirmed that Minecraft: Story Mode, a licensed five-episode interactive narrative series, is indeed coming to Netflix this fall.

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. "The Netflix version of Minecraft: Story Mode will be delivered via video files and will accept commands via any remote equipped with directional and select buttons".

However, the bigger news and one that Netflix probably shouldn't have commented on just yet, is that Telltale are working on a project based on the hit TV show Stranger Things.

Telltale Games titles are ideal for the Netflix platform, as most of the games don't require much interaction from the player other than making text choices and moving a character from one part of the story to the other.

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. "There's a broad spectrum of entertainment available today", the company explained.

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Forward-looking: Netflix is expanding it's library to interactive movies and games that increase viewer engagement create a new form of consumable media.

"And for us, we're looking at that".

Sources claim that a playable demo has been floating around for at least a year, and that an official announcement from either Netflix or Telltale Games "could happen any day". The first of these games is Minecraft: Story Mode. Stranger Things: The Game is available for free and is heavily influenced by retro games from the 80s like The Legend of Zelda. 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.

Shortly after the release of Stranger Things: The Game on mobile, Sony announced a PS4-exclusive Stranger Things game in development for PlayStation VR.

While Minecraft: Story Mode will indeed be the first game from Telltale to launch on Netflix in an adapted form, it now appears as though Stranger Things will not be an interactive experience but rather a new Telltale series.

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