Telltale Games have announced a Stranger Things game for consoles and computers is in development. Telltale came to prominence in the video game industry as a result of their hugely popular The Walking Dead series and have since made adaptations of properties such as Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Batman and Guardians of the Galaxy. The company have become known for releasing their games in a unique episodic format and for championing a narrative-driven approach in which a player's choices and actions in the game have a direct influence on the story. In November last year, the company released 25% of their staff in order to focus on smaller, better games.
Telltale recently announced a partnership with online streaming giants Netflix. Netflix have gone from strength to strength in recent years and have since made the natural progression into producing their own original material. Perhaps the most popular and successful of these original series has been Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers' supernatural homage to eighties Spielberg cinema that features a group of endearingly geeky kids as they investigate a spate of unusual happenings in their hometown.
The partnership between Telltale Games and Netflix is now set to lead to a Stranger Things video game. Telltale announced on their official Twitter account that in addition to a previously announced Minecraft project, a Stranger Things title was in development for consoles and computers, with more details to be announced later in the year.
Separately, we're thrilled to confirm that Telltale is developing a game based on Stranger Things that we'll publish to consoles and computers at a later date. (2/3)— Telltale Games @ E3 (@telltalegames) June 13, 2018
Although specifics surrounding Telltale's Stranger Things game are scarce at present, it seems very likely that the title will take on the same episodic format that served the company so well on The Walking Dead and appearances from at least some of Stranger Things' much-loved characters can also be more or less expected. However, it will be interesting to see whether the game allows players to investigate an entirely new mystery or whether they'll be faced with the familiar threats of the Upside Down, Demogorgons and Mind-Flayers.
Given that Stranger Things is one of Netflix's most valuable properties, it's only natural that Telltale would seek to make this an early subject of their partnership and it could also be argued that the show's mystery-led narrative and the fascinating, yet self-contained, setting of Hawkins make Stranger Things an ideal property to receive the Telltale treatment. However, a large part of Stranger Things' success can be attributed to both the charm of the characters and the tone and atmosphere of the show itself. It remains to be seen as to whether Telltale can channel these qualities into the video game medium.
Telltale's Stranger Things game is currently without a release date. More news as it arrives.