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Netflix gearing up to roll out Minecraft interactive game

Netflix said it cut a deal with Telltale Games to license a five-episode run of the interactive show.


Reuters 13 Jun 2018, 07:29 PM United States
  • Telltale describes "Minecraft: Story Mode" as "a playable television show based on your favorite game. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Netflix is gearing up to roll out another basic interactive game -- "Minecraft: Story Mode," more akin to a playable TV show -- under a deal with Telltale Games.

Netflix said it cut a deal with Telltale Games to license a five-episode run of the interactive show, confirming an earlier report by TechRadar. "Minecraft: Story Mode," based on the hit sandbox video game from Microsoft's Mojang, is set to debut on Netflix in the fall.

The series is similar to Netflix's choose-your-own-adventure-style interactive shows for kids: "Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale" and "Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile." Earlier this year Netflix debuted another interactive title, "Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout."

Netflix also has entered into a licensing deal with Telltale to produce a game based on Netflix's popular supernatural thriller "Stranger Things," according to the TechRadar report. Last October, to promote the upcoming season 2 premiere, Netflix launched a retro free-to-play "Stranger Things" mobile game from indie game studio BonusXP.

Reps for Telltale did not respond to a request for comment.

Telltale describes "Minecraft: Story Mode" as "a playable television show based on your favorite game, where YOU are the star, and your choices and actions decide how the story is told."

The TechRadar report about Netflix's pact with Telltale -- which characterized it as representing the streamer's move into delivering video games, which is not really on the nose -- may have added more fuel to the meteoric rise of Netflix's stock, which was trading at all-time highs Wednesday after a very bullish upgrade by Goldman Sachs.

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