Netflix has recently announced that it is co-operating with TellTale games, to bring Minecraft to Netflix. Now before you start thinking that Netflix is finally getting into the business of streaming games or even supporting games on its platform, let me stop you. There was some confusion when the news first came out which has since been clarified by Netflix.
As for the what exactly is the manner Netflix is bringing Minecraft to its platform, a company spokesperson has explained to Mashable, “We can confirm Minecraft: Story Mode is a licensed 5-episode interactive narrative series coming to our service this fall. 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.”
This is a not a new venture from Netflix to simplify it, but just a new addition to an already existing collection of content. Besides this there is a Stranger Things project in the works which the Netflix spokesperson clarified, “The Stranger Things project is launching on the Telltale platform at a later date, not on the Netflix service.” This corroborates to what TellTale games has said since.
Mashable writes that the final word from Netflix explains their view of how they perceive the difference in approach between interactive entertainment and video games.
“We don’t have any plans to get into gaming. 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.”
This explains that Netflix is not going to approach games and streaming it in the traditional manner that we have seen in the likes of PlayStation Now. But the service wants to cut out a slice for itself where it does things that fits into the bill of content on Netflix.