Netflix denies a report that it's entering the gaming market, but says it is expanding its lineup to include a new game-related, “interactive” narrative series called “Minecraft: Story Mode.” The new series will be the latest addition to its growing ...
Telltale games has been making Minecraft: Story Mode since 2015.
Telltale GamesSimmer down, everyone. Netflix isn't about to stream video games.
A TechRadar article on Wednesday caused a flap by reporting Netflix would launch its first streamable game. It also said the initiative would include a partnership with Minecraft-maker Telltale Games that would feature a project combining Minecraft with the universe from the Netflix hit show Stranger Things.
That's isn't exactly what's happening.
A Netflix representative said a five-part Minecraft: Story Mode adaptation would be coming to its service in the fall. This is an "interactive narrative story," an extension of the interactive videos that Netflix already has on its service.
The representative also said the Stranger Things project would live on Telltale's platform and not on Netflix's service.
In a statement, Telltale said it was "delighted by the response" to the idea of Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Netflix in the fall as an "interactive 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," the company said, adding that it would provide more details about the projects later in the year.
Netflix has offered interactive adventures for almost a year. The streaming-video company launched interactive videos about a year ago with Puss in Book for children. Telltale has been making mobile game-like versions of various popular franchises like The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands and Minecraft: Story Mode for several years.
First published June 13, 10:35 a.m. PTUpdate, 1:32 pm: Adds Telltale statement.
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