Netflix recently entered into a deal to bring video games to their streaming service. Instead of a traditional game setup, Minecraft "will be delivered via video files and will accept commands via any remote equipped with directional and select buttons".
Sources also say that for telltale signs of what the product would eventually look like, one need look no further than Telltale's games on Amazon's Fire TV platform, such as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, which work with controls from little more than a television remote, and will ideally require no additional hardware to function fully. "Games have become increasingly cinematic, but unlike gaming, there's no winners or losers in these types of stories, and we view it as interactive narrative storytelling on our service". Lastly, Netflix said it has no plans to get into gaming. In addition, Telltale Games is working on a Stranger Things project.
"And for us, we're looking at that".
That said, it now sounds even simpler than that.
This partnership has yet to be formally announced by either company, but sources say that the announcement "could happen any day". As a result of this, Telltale has first crack at a Stranger Things video game that should be available in the not-too-distant future.
Also under the deal, Telltale is producing a game based on "Stranger Things" for consoles and PCs. The game was rendered in a retro-pixel style that emulated the gameplay of The Legend of Zelda, because, as BonusXP put it, "Both [Stranger Things and Zelda] are about exploration, and it's kind of a mysterious fit that fit the mood of the show".
That being said, interactive narratives are probably all Netflix can support at this time - don't expect Battlefield 5 to appear beside Orange is the New Black.
Sources familiar with the matter share that the games made available for streaming will initially be dialogue-driven, meaning that gamers will advance through the storyline by selecting options proposed via text.