Netflix has reportedly signed a deal with Telltale Games to bring simplified versions of its popular titles to the streaming service. The company confirmed to TechRadar that the first of these will be Minecraft: Story Mode, which will appear on the platform, followed at some point by a new Telltale game based on the Stranger Things series.
These might not be 'games' as we think of them. Sources told TechRadar that Minecraft: Story Mode will appear in a five-part episodic form and Netflix confirmed to them that the game will appear "in an adapted form." It may appear on the platform as early as later this year, and will be playable using any remote control with directional and select buttons -- ideally, users won't need any more hardware to enjoy. While that fits Telltale's titles which are mostly dialogue-driven anyway, TechRadar's sources implied that the few action sequences might not be included.
The setup should operate like Amazon's Fire TV service, which has carried Telltale games like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy for years. When reached, Telltale told Engadget that they do not comment on rumors. We've reached out to Netflix and will include their response when we hear back.
Update, 1:40PM ET: Immediately after this story was published, CNET released a report of its own with clarification from Netflix. As suspected, the Minecraft release will be an "interactive narrative story," similar to the stories the service has featured since last summer. The site also confirmed that the Stranger Things game from Telltale will not be on Netflix at all; instead, it sounds like a traditional Telltale release that will hit a variety of gaming platforms.
Update, 3:45PM ET: Telltale has confirmed its new partnership with Netflix as well as a forthcoming Stranger Things game for consoles and PCs. Here's the full statement:
"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.
Our partnership with Netflix is something we're incredibly proud of, and while we don't have anything more to share right now, we're excited to reveal details on these projects later in the year."