A final tidbit from E3 is making the rounds, as Telltale Games has announced on Twitter that they are developing a video game based on Netflix’s hit sci-fi series Stranger Things. The tweets are agonizingly short on details, but the folks at Telltale reveal that the Stranger Things video game will be released on consoles “and computers at a later date.” This comes on the heels of news that Minecraft: Story Mode, an “interactive adventure,” is coming to the streaming service in the fall. Telltale assures us they’ll reveal more about both “later in the year.”
Well, this is interesting. If Netflix is dipping its toe in the video game business, Stranger Things is certainly the logical choice to kick things off; aside from its popularity, the show’s science fiction trappings lend themselves more readily to a video game than, say, the political wheeling and dealing of House of Cards (not that I imagine that would be on the table anymore regardless). If all goes well — and considering the success of Telltale’s Walking Dead series, it’s safe to assume it will — this partnership could well lead to more collaborations in the future, though I’m not sure what those could be. The Marvel shows would likely make great games, but I doubt Netflix has any kind of video game rights to them. Maybe Lost in Space would work, or a Glow wrestling game (hopefully with Marc Maron lending commentary on each match). In the meantime, fans will surely be excited to explore the 80s with the Stranger Things gang. Twenty bucks’ worth of free advice, Telltale: if you don’t let players psychically wreck some bad guys as Eleven, you’re missing an opportunity.