The pop culture streams are being crossed, as Minecraft gets a series on Netflix and Stranger Things gets a video game adaptation.
Both projects are collaborations between Netflix and Telltale Games, the company that has made choice-based games based around The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones, Batman and Guardians Of The Galaxy in recent years.
In a statement to TechRadar, Netflix said this about the Minecraft project:
“We can confirm Minecraft: Story Mode is a licensed 5-episode interactive narrative series coming to our service this fall. It’s an extension of our other interactive stories we have on our service like Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, Puss in Book: Trapped In An Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.”
And the iconic streaming service also said this, pertaining to the Stranger Things Telltale game:
“The Stranger Things project is being published by Telltale at a later date, not on the Netflix service. It’s part of our marketing and title promotion efforts.”
Netflix also said this in its statement, on the topic of whether we’ll start to see the streaming company making its own video games or building gaming into its website/app:
“We don’t have any plans to get into gaming. There’s a broad spectrum of entertainment available today. Games have become increasingly cinematic, but we view this [Minecraft: Story Mode] as interactive narrative storytelling on our service.”
Telltale, meanwhile, released their own little statement via Deadline:
“We’re delighted by the response we’re seeing to the idea of Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Netflix in the fall as an interactive adventure. 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.”
Beyond the autumn 2018 estimate for Minecraft: Story Mode, we don’t have a firm release date yet for either project. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.