By: Max Canon
It was disappointing news a few weeks ago when we learned that Revealing games would close their doors. However, Minecraft story mode, one of their latest games, is currently available on Netflix and the game retains some of its interactive features. Could this be the sign of more to come from this style of play?
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Telltale Games adapted Minecraft in their kind of story-driven, linear game that the company was best known for with Minecraft story mode. The mid-2016 game followed a character named Jesse who is voiced by Patton Oswald or Catherine Taber depending on player customization options. The gameplay centers around making quick decisions that influence the story and relationships between characters with fairly minimal button press required from the player. The game initially launched on every game console imaginable, but the simple controls make it a perfect choice for Netflix. I tested the game myself on my PS4, but it looks like the game will work on any Netflix compatible device.
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Given that Telltale Games recently shut down, it’s surprising to see this game available on any kind of platform, but this could be the start of others to come in this format. It wasn’t the only game slated to get that Netflix treatment, as a leak had also confirmed that Telltale Games would be making a Stranger Things game for the video streaming giant. With Minecraft story mode still being updated on Netflix, could Stranger Things still be planned as an interactive game although developed by a new team? Only time will tell, but it looks like this could be the start of a new format from Netflix.
Could the other Telltale games end up on Netflix?
Minecraft was far from the first franchise Telltale got their hands on, so could one of their other stories be coming to Netflix as well? For example, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series was obviously a Marvel partnership and Netflix is swimming in original content from the Marvel Cinematic Universe with shows like “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage,” “Daredevil,” and “Jessica Jones.” Perhaps Netflix could preserve the legacy of some of Telltale’s best games by bringing them to a new audience. If this happens, it would include other major franchises even outside of the Marvel Universe, including The Walking Dead and Batman both seasons of which were released by Telltale last year.
Beyond looking to the past and digging into Telltale’s old library of games, perhaps Netflix could work on developing its own original interactive content in the same way? Imagine playing some of your favorite shows just by making decisions with your remote or controller? As disappointing as the loss of Telltale Games is, it raises an interesting question about who will take up the adventure gaming torch they carried and Netflix seems like the perfect company to continue making these games. Minecraft story mode is partially available now on Netflix with the final episodes released on December 5th.
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