San Rafael's Telltale Games Working on 'Stranger Things' Video Game

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'Stranger Things' (Netflix)

Telltale Games, an independent game developer based in San Rafael, announced Wednesday that it has made a deal with Netflix to produce a video game based on the hit show, Stranger Things.

Telltale Games revealed few details about the game, announcing the news while also announcing that Netflix would be streaming an interactive version of Telltale's game Minecraft: Story Mode. Telltale had little to say about either project.

"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," Telltale posted on Twitter Wednesday.

Three former LucasArts employees — Dan Connors, Kevin Bruner and Troy Molander — founded Telltale in 2004, following LucasArts's cancellation of a game they worked on together called Sam & Max Hit the Road. The company went on to create games for movies such as Back to the Future and Jurassic Park. But Telltale saw its first big success with the episodic game it created based on The Walking Dead comic and television series. Upon its release in 2012, the game sold a million copies in 20 days. Telltale went on to develop four more games in the series.

Screenshot from 'Minecraft: Story Mode'
Screenshot from 'Minecraft: Story Mode.' (Netflix)

Building on its cinematic, episodic style developed for the The Walking Dead games, it then produced games for notable properties such as Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy. Continuing successes led the company to grow to 400 employees, but the company couldn't sustain the staffing level and it laid off 90 employees — 25 percent of its staff — last year.


The deal Telltale inked with Netflix means two different products for the two licensed properties, Minecraft and Stranger Things. TechRadar reports that Minecraft: Story Mode is a five-part interactive story series similar to other Netflix properties.

“It’s an extension of our other interactive stories we have on our service like Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile,” a Netflix representative told Polygon.

However, the Stranger Things game will not be available for streaming on Netflix, as it is just a part of the streaming service's marketing strategy.

"We don’t have any plans to get into gaming," Netflix told TechRadar. "There’s a broad spectrum of entertainment available today. Games have become increasingly cinematic, but we view this as interactive narrative storytelling on our service."

Stranger Things, a sci-fi horror series steeped in '80s nostalgia, premiered on Netflix in 2016, becoming a sensation practically overnight. The third season of the show is currently in production.