Netflix to bring Minecraft: Story Mode to service - but not traditional games

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2018

According to a TechRadar report citing anonymous sources (that's your cue to bust out your grains of salt), Netflix has partnered with Telltale Games, and will add Minecraft: Story Mode to its service soon - potentially even as early as this year.

Meanwhile, the other gaming project TechRadar had uncovered - a game related to the Netflix hit "Stranger Things" - is something that will launch in Telltale's platform at a later date, Netflix says.

The Netflix version of Minecraft: Story Mode is a "five-episode interactive narrative series", Netflix said in a statement. "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". "We're delighted by the response we're seeing to the idea of Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Netflix in the fall as an interactive adventure", Telltale told Deadline.

Telltale's Stranger Things game will not debut on Netflix - at least not at launch.

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. Depending on how much is cut out from the experience it might not end up looking different than some of the choose-your-own-experience titles Netflix already has on its service.

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 source has stated that playable demos have been in existence for almost a year, meaning that the announcement of a partnership may occur any day.

Video game stories from other sites on the web.

Just in time for E3, TechRadar reports that Netflix and Telltale Games have struck a deal to bring games to the movie and TV show streaming service.

We've reached out to Netflix and Telltale.

Shortly after the release of Stranger Things: The Game on mobile, Sony announced a PS4-exclusive Stranger Things game in development for PlayStation VR. In other words, you'll be able to use your remote control to play Minecraft on Netflix, but the Stranger Things game will be available via consoles.

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