Netflix's take on streaming games apparently involves remaking them on some level so they can play nice with the service. Specifically, in a report from TechRadar, the adaptation of the series will be "an extension of our other interactive stories we have on our service", with the title being compared to programs like Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout and Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, and commands in the game will be input through more TV-centric devices like a standard remote control.
Telltale Games is bringing its MineCraft: Story Mode to Netflix as an interactive adventure this fall. In addition, Telltale Games is working on a Stranger Things project. "There's a broad spectrum of entertainment available today". Netflix has confirmed that a streamable version Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode that will offer an adapted version of the Telltale Games original. As suspected, the Minecraft release will be an "interactive narrative story", similar to the stories the service has featured since last summer.
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. Stranger Things is very much a hot property, and Telltale isn't the first company to pursue a license to make games based on the show.
This partnership has yet to be formally announced by either company, but sources say that the announcement "could happen any day".
"And for us, we're looking at that". But if you were hoping this represented a first step toward the streaming of modern "AAA" games, the blockbusters like Assassin's Creed or Destiny, keep waiting.
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)". 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.
"We're thrilled to confirm that Telltale is developing a game based on Stranger Things that we'll publish to consoles and computers at a later date", it said.
Netflix is now clarifying that it's not a "game", exactly, it's an interactive story.