In what might be the most surprising announcement in a week full of surprises, Telltale Games and Netflix have announced a new partnership. The game developer will bring a version of at least one of its adventure games to the streaming platform and create a new game series based on the popular Netflix show Stranger Things.
The news was first reported by TechRadar, albeit with some inaccuracies that were later corrected by a statement from Netflix. Despite some initial confusion, it appears the Stranger Things game will be a standard Telltale series, coming to consoles, PC, and likely mobile with full 3D gameplay.
More details are coming “later this year,” but fans will no doubt speculate in the meantime how this new game will fit into the Stranger Things universe. When it’s adapted properties in the past, Telltale has opted not to retell existing stories, but to instead explore untold chapters in the narrative or explore new corners of the universe.
That approach would seem to be a little bit complicated with Stranger Things, given that the two seasons released so far haven’t been huge on universe building. Pretty much everything takes place in Hawkins, Indiana, and as a direct result of one character, the superpowered Eleven. We have, however, learned that Eleven isn’t the only girl out there with special abilities, so perhaps Telltale will create a new character off in a different corner of the globe living out a similar but unrelated adventure.
Separately, 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. (2/3)
— Telltale Games @ E3 (@telltalegames) June 13, 2018
As for the other half of this Netflix deal? The streaming giant confirmed it plans to bring Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode to the service, though it’s unclear exactly how close this streaming version will be to the original. Like the console version, Netflix’s Story Mode will be five episodes. Early indications are it’ll work like the current interactive content on the service, such as Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, which is more like a Choose Your Own Adventure book with video than an actual game.