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Netflix will add interactive games to its platform later this year, starting with Minecraft

(Source: www.theverge.com)

Last year, we reported that Netflix was expanding into episodic, interactive content aimed at kids, starting with Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale — a series that took Shrek’s Puss in Boots and dropped him into an adventure where he’s attempting to escape from a storybook — and Buddy Thunderstruck, which showcases the hijinks of the eponymous Buddy, a truck-racing dog. Apparently these initial efforts were successful: As the technology news site TechRadar reports today, Netflix and Telltale Games (The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series; Batman: The Telltale Series) have entered a partnership where the latter will begin distributing some of its games on Netflix’s platform later this year.

Their first series is Minecraft: Story Mode, which takes place in Minecraft’s world and follows Jesse, a new character (who, it should be said, can be either male or female), in their attempts to save the world. According to TechRadar, the experience will be told in five parts, and the Netflix version of the story will be “delivered via video files and will accept commands via any remote equipped with directional and select buttons.” The format works well with Telltale’s games, which mainly rely on point-and-click mechanics. TechRadar also reports that Telltale is developing a Stranger Things game for traditional gaming platforms, according to the site’s senior home entertainment editor Nick Pino. (It will be a new Telltale series.)

Minecraft: Story Mode initially debuted in October 2015. While it remains to be seen exactly what Netflix’s version is going to look like, there’s no question that the streaming service has plans for ambitious, aggressive expansion into spaces not traditionally occupied by video platforms.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that Telltale Games was creating a Stranger Things adaptation for Netflix. That property will be a standalone game.

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