The Stranger Things project is being published by Telltale at a later date, not on the Netflix service. "There's a broad spectrum of entertainment available today", the company explained. The company was adamant that it doesn't consider an interactive offering to be a game, but rather an extension of the cinematic experience. A launch near the release of Stranger Things' third season would make sense for maximum marketing effect, but it's not clear when the next season will premier just yet.
Simmer down, everyone. Netflix isn't about to stream video games.
As for what the Telltale games might look like though, sources told TechRadar to look to Amazon's Fire TV platform, where Telltale games like Minecraft: Story Mode, The Walking Dead, and The Wolf Among Us have already found a home, letting users play through the entire game with the Fire TV remote.
A new Netflix deal could bring Stranger Things to Telltale Games, and give Mincraft: Story Mode to the streaming giant.
In short, we're expecting lots of nostalgic Atari-inspired visuals, thrilling trips to the Upside Down with the gang, and a perennially worried-looking Joyce Byers thrown somewhere into the mix.
That said, it now sounds even simpler than that.
The source has stated that playable demos have been in existence for almost a year, meaning that the announcement of a partnership may occur any day.
The technology site TechRadar was the first to report the collaboration. When reached, Telltale told Engadget that they do not comment on rumors. 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". It will not be an interactive story appearing on Netflix. Stranger Things was confirmed as a separate entity, coming to traditional gaming platforms like the company's previous works.
UPDATE: Netflix got back to us.