Netflix Is Adding Streaming Games To Its Service

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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 ideal examples of limited interaction experiences that could fit with Netflix's technology.

Our statement ended with a final note laying out how Netflix views the broader landscape of interactive entertainment, video games, and how the difference between the two defines the company's approach to embracing one but not the other.

The company announced a year ago it would begin experimenting with a new way to stream video, through "choose your own adventure"-style stories that allow viewers to pick what happens next".

In addition, Telltale also confirmed that the studio will be bringing a five-episode "interactive" version of Minecraft: Story Mode to Netflix this fall. The first title is likely to be Minecraft: Story Mode, which first launched on PC and console in 2015.

At the moment however, no deal between Netflix and Telltale Games has been made official, though the sources say that an announcement of such a partnership is imminent. Well, would you believe.

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The spokesperson also confirmed that a Stranger Things project is indeed in the works (as the earlier report had stated), but it's not built for Netflix a la Story Mode.

The Stranger Things project is being published by Telltale at a later date, not on the Netflix service.

Update #2: There appears to be a job listing on Netflix's website for a Manager of Interactive Licensing who will, among other things, "use games as a marketing tactic to capture demand and delight our member community (ex: Stranger Things: The Game)".

"Stranger Things" lends itself more to a mobile gaming format, though. "A lot of boxes of many different varieties in homes-millions and millions of homes across America, where people don't even think game-playing is possible on them, but maybe they're watching stories or consuming narrative-driven content or streaming it". Reportedly, the game was originally meant to accompany the show's second season, but plans were delayed. 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.