We have our answer now, and that answer is.
It's the continuation of the media story we've been seeing slowly play out over the past few years: However you might try to define a piece of content, it just keeps getting more and more complicated. Netflix reached out to Mashable to clarify some of the earlier reporting, and we now have a much clearer picture of what's happening here.
Telltale Games titles are flawless for the Netflix platform, as most of the games don't require much interaction from the player other than making text choices and moving a character from one part of the story to the other.
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.
Telltale games has been making Minecraft: Story Mode since 2015. It is more high-profile than the titles that precede it there, thanks entirely to the Telltale connection.
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The representative also stated that "the Stranger Things project is launching on the Telltale platform at a later date", as part of Netflix's title promotion efforts. Despite all this, Netflix has stressed that they are not venturing into the gaming industry themselves. "There's a broad spectrum of entertainment available today", the company said. "Games have become increasingly cinematic, but we view this as interactive narrative storytelling on our service".
Minecraft: Story Mode is immediately available on the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and both Android and Apple iOS devices. TechRadar's sources suggested that an announcement of the partnership "could happen any day".
Obviously, the limitations of playing a game using streaming video is evident.
Simmer down, everyone. Netflix isn't about to stream video games.
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.
While the projects being developed with Telltale Games might technically be considered games, that choice of partners is telling, given that the Telltale Games format is actually a lot closer to a choose-your-own-adventure narrative than a traditional shoot-'em-up.
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