Netflix Is Adding Streaming Games To Its Service

Telltale nabs yet another big license, is working on a Stranger Things game

Telltale nabs yet another big license, is working on a Stranger Things game

Telltale has previously worked with Amazon to bring several of their series - including The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and The Wolf Among Us - to steaming services. We do hope they keep up the trend, tho.

With Netflix taking over the world with its original programming and vast amount of TV shows and movies, you'd think that it would be content with the money it's making. Thus, the idea of Netflix hosting streaming games is not exactly the biggest news ever, but it does show that Netflix is ready to expand into new media territory.

Back in December we reported on the possibility of Netflix offering branching path content, and had even pointed to Telltale's The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones as flawless examples of limited interaction experiences that could fit with Netflix's technology.

Netflix cut a deal with Telltale Games to license a five-episode run of the interactive show, both companies confirmed, as first reported by TechRadar.

[Netflix's version of Minecraft: Story Mode] will play similarly to titles like Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, which let younger viewers choose how the story unfolds. Additionally, according to an interview with PCGamer, Telltale has been interested in collaborating with the streaming service for some time.

Sources familiar with the matter share that the games made available for streaming will initially be dialogue-driven, meaning that gamers will advance through the storyline by selecting options proposed via text.

The representative also said the Stranger Things project would live on Telltale's platform and not on Netflix's service. This simplified command is a ideal pairing for Telltale's slate of games, as they often only require the player to select from dialogue options or move the cursor to a specific location on the screen. "(Though, from the sounds of it, numerous battle sequences will be cut from the final product, )" the article notes.

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". But it looks like we're waiting to see who'll make the first move in this bold new direction. Expect it to arrive as previous Telltale projects have, which is to say most likely on console, PC, and mobile devices.