Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Telltale Announces Stranger Things Game

Telltale Announces Stranger Things Game

The company confirms that "Minecraft: Story Mode" is a licensed 5-episode interactive narrative series that will be coming to its service this fall, in partnership with Telltale. Netflix announced that it's not necessarily getting into gaming but it is adding some streaming games to its service. 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.

In 2017, Netflix released their two "interactive movies" aimed at children, Puss In Book: Trapped in An Epic Tale, and Buddy Thunderstruck. The streaming service said the Stranger Things Telltale series would not be on Netflix, but is rather an extension of its marketing efforts.

Netflix responded, "We don't have any 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.

That said, it now sounds even simpler than 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". However, according to sources, Telltale went to HBO first with the idea of streaming game content, and the media titan turned the idea down due to how young the technology is. When reached, Telltale told Engadget that they do not comment on rumors.

Less information is available about Stranger Things' game adaptation.

Few details about the game itself - such as the story and characters/cast members involved - have been revealed by Telltale at this stage, but the studio confirmed that the game will be coming "to consoles and computers at a later date". The game was rendered in a retro-pixel style that emulated the gameplay of The Legend of Zelda, because, as BonusXP put it, "Both [Stranger Things and Zelda] are about exploration, and it's kind of a mysterious fit that fit the mood of the show". 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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