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Telltale and Netflix partnership includes Stranger Things game, Minecraft Story Mode stream

14 June 2018, 04:00 | Jodi Jackson

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

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Netflix responded, "We don't have any plans to get into gaming".

Netflix's take on streaming games apparently involves remaking them on some level so they can play nice with the service.

It seems as though this has always been in the works, considering that Netflix itself launched a free-to-playStranger Things: The Game to promote Season 2 in October a year ago.

That's isn't exactly what's happening.

Announcing the game on their Twitter during the ongoing E3 conference, Telltale initially registered their delight at the reaction fans have had to the idea of Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Netflix in the near future. As suspected, the Minecraft release will be an "interactive narrative story", similar to the stories the service has featured since last summer. The streaming service said the Stranger Things Telltale series would not be on Netflix, but is rather an extension of its marketing efforts.

"Yes, we can confirm "Minecraft: Story Mode" is a licensed five episode interactive narrative series coming to our service this fall", a Netflix spokesperson told Variety via email.

Developer Telltale Games confirmed during E3 2018 that the studio is now at work on a few projects in conjunction with Netflix, with the first being a new episodic game series based around Stranger Things, the network's acclaimed sci-fi drama series that first debuted in 2016, and most recently released its second season last fall.

Our initial impression was that Netflix's version of Minecraft: Story Mode would be delivered via video files and will accept commands via any remote equipped with directional and select buttons. Apparently a new Stranger Things/Minecraft game should be happening soon. You're all the way relaxed sitting on the back of your seat. You're not relaxed, you're not leaning forward on the edge of your seat.

Stranger Things is one of Netflix's most successful original TV shows on its subscription service, with two seasons available to watch now and a third in production.

Update: Telltale has confirmed earlier reports about its partnership with Netflix.

This is actually an fascinating step for direct video game streaming.

Stay tuned for more information of Telltale's Stranger Things project in the months to come.

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