Netflix will not stream Minecraft “game” but a five-episode interactive narrative series

By Sourabh Kulesh | Published on 14 Jun 2018
  • Netflix confirmed that Minecraft: Story Mode will be an extension of its interactive video lineup and Telltale is developing Stranger Things game for “other consoles”.

Netflix will not stream Minecraft “game” but a five-episode interactive narrative series

Just a few hours after techradar claimed that Netflix and Telltale Games have struck deal to bring streamable Minecraft: Story Mode game experience to the streaming service, Netflix confirmed that it will not a game but a licensed 5-episode interactive narrative series coming to the platform this fall -- a part of the interactive videos that the platform already has on its service.

It seems an addition to Netflix’s other interactive stories like Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.

“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 as interactive narrative storytelling on our service," the company was quoted as saying.

Netflix also cleared the air over the claim the Telltale Games would feature a project combining Minecraft with the universe from the Netflix hit show Stranger Things by saying that “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.”

Meanwhile, Telltale Games said it was "delighted by the response" to the idea of Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Netflix as an "interactive adventure." "Separately, we're thrilled to confirm that Telltale is developing a game which is based on Stranger Things that we'll publish to consoles and computers at a later date," the company said.

Now that it is confirmed that Netflix is not planning to stream videogames on the platform, but a recent job posting points out that it might be working with companies to develop videogames for other consoles based on its original shows for marketing purposes.

According to the job posting, the company is looking for a manager of interactive licensing who will help “develop and implement an interactive category strategy for growth through console, mobile and PC platforms.” “We are pursuing videogames because we believe it will drive meaningful show awareness/buzz and allow fans to ‘play’ our most popular content,” the company detailed in the posting.

Sourabh Kulesh

A journalist at heart; has knowledge of a wide gamut of topics related to enterprise and consumer tech.

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