Stranger Things is getting an official 16-bit game, titled Stranger Things 3: The Game, and it will release on all consoles. Based on the title, Stranger Things 3: The Game will evidently be based on the upcoming third season of the highly popular Netflix streaming series.
Stranger Things originally premiered back in 2016 and proved to be an unexpected hit for Netflix. The first season focused on the disappearance of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and took place in the early 1980s. Because of its reliance on '80s pop culture, '80s references, and a story that seemed to fit perfectly into that time period, it captured the hearts of older and younger fans alike. Season 2 focused more prominently on the character Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), as well as the development of her powers, and also proved to be highly successful for Netflix. Season 3 recently wrapped filming and will be released next year, but no trailer has dropped yet.
Instead of releasing a trailer for the show, showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer stopped by the Game Awards to announce Stranger Things 3: The Game, a 16-bit video game based on the upcoming season that is slated to be released on all consoles. The trailer was later released on the NX Twitter page (which can be viewed below). Stranger Things 3: The Game is being developed by BonusXP, the same company that released the mobile game Stranger Things: The Game last year. Presumably, the game will be released sometime next year, either in conjunction with or after the third season of Stranger Things, though no official release date has been announced as of yet.
While this isn't the first game that BonusXP has made based on Stranger Things, the fact that it's releasing on all major consoles does make Stranger Things 3: The Game the biggest game based on the series yet. It's also a nice consolation prize for fans and gamers alike who will most likely never see the now-canceled Telltale Stranger Things game come to fruition. The fact that the game is 16-bit also adds to the old school appeal of the Stranger Things show, and BonusXP is the perfect studio to spearhead such a title.
Now that Stranger Things 3: The Game has been unveiled and will presumably center around the third season of the show, this hopefully means that a trailer for the upcoming season is right around the corner. In fact, it's strange that Netflix decided to release footage of a game based on a season that hasn't itself revealed any kind of footage yet. Either way, it'll be fun to see fan-favorite characters and monsters from the Upside Down like the Mind Flayer (which is expected to make a return in season 3) in 16-bit form.
Stranger Things season 3 will stream on Netflix in 2019 and Stranger Things 3: The Game will presumably release around the same time.
Source: NX Twitter/The Game Awards