Netflix is now clarifying that it's not a "game", exactly, it's an interactive story. "It's an extension of our other interactive stories we have on our service...the Stranger Things project is launching on the Telltale platform at a later date, not on the Netflix service".
This sounds like a window is opening for Netflix to slowly take over the game streaming business, but I wouldn't go that far just yet.More news: Watching coverage of the Trump-Kim summit
First of all, Telltale is working on a Stranger Things video game, according to a report from TechRadar. "There's a broad spectrum of entertainment available today", the company explained. Earlier this year, IndieWire spoke with "Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout" executive producers Chris "Doc" Wyatt and Kevin Burke about their own choose-your-own-adventure narrative experiment, and they said the idea came during a story meeting with Netflix, which was already developing the technology. Namely, Telltale is now developing a new game based in the Stranger Things universe, Netflix confirmed to TechRadar.
Netflix eventually reached out to TechRadar to confirm that while it has entered a partnership with Telltale to begin streaming games, the titles we'll see offered through its service won't really resemble the Telltale games we're used to. An adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode is heading to Netflix in Fall 2018.
"Stranger Things" lends itself more to a mobile gaming format, though.More news: By the numbers - Rafael Nadal 86-2 at Roland Garros
Sources tell TechRadar that the games will be delivered to Netflix subscribers as video files which will be capable of accepting commands from any remote with directional and select buttons. This role will likely be pivotal in bringing more interactive experiences to the platform in the future, and potentially lead to more Netflix-branded game crossovers. Telltale's games are a ideal match for this technology, since they generally require simple commands and dialogue choices to play.
This partnership has yet to be formally announced by either company, but sources say that the announcement "could happen any day".
In short, we're expecting lots of nostalgic Atari-inspired visuals, thrilling trips to the Upside Down with the gang, and a perennially worried-looking Joyce Byers thrown somewhere into the mix.More news: Comcast Makes $65 Billion Offer to Buy 21st Century Fox