Slow down, it's not as big a splash as you might think. If we hear back from them, we'll update this piece.
There's no word yet on other Telltale titles coming to Netflix, however, so it still isn't certain if this is a one-off or if this may lead to further collaborations between the two parties involved.
According to a TechRadar report citing anonymous sources (that's your cue to bust out your grains of salt), Netflix has partnered with Telltale Games, and will add Minecraft: Story Mode to its service soon - potentially even as early as this year. It is more high-profile than the titles that precede it there, thanks entirely to the Telltale connection.
The bleed between storytelling formats and genres never feels more present than when Netflix enters the conversation, especially considering the impact of new technologies. "And 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". It's not a game coming to Netflix's service, and is instead part of Netflix's ongoing marketing and title promotion efforts. It will not be an interactive story appearing on Netflix. This would include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and even smart televisions with a built in Netflix app. Chromecast might be possible if the user could input commands from their device. "There's a broad spectrum of entertainment available today", the company said.
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UPDATED with more details: Telltale Games is adapting Netflix's popular science-fiction seriesStranger Things as a video game, and working with Netflix to bring more interactive experiences to the streaming service.
Now, Netflix has responded to both stories.
Sources say that playable demos of the experience have been in existence for at least the previous year, and that an announcement of the partnership "could happen any day". When you're playing a video game, and you're actively engaged with a shooter, you're on the very edge of your seat sort of constantly.
This approach is a natural bedfellow for Telltale's relaxed approach to games design, which limit gameplay to traversing an environment and selecting dialog options.
Netflix and Telltale Games have formed a partnership with all kinds of exciting implications.