E3 2019: Netflix is working on a few games, including a Stranger Things version of Pokémon Go
Netflix is going all-in on video games this year, pouring resources into many different games adaptations of their original shows.
Some thing back, we shared that Netflix was planning a panel for E3. Now that it’s already happened, here are all of the games they’ve shared with the crowd.
The most interesting announcement was a Pokémon Go-esque mobile game for Stranger Things. It will use the player’s location as they navigate The Upside Down, and is said to have ’80s cartoon graphics and a multiplayer component.
Developing it is Next Games, known for their The Walking Dead mobile games. It will launch in 2020.
Stranger Things 3 – The Game
The previously announced Stranger Things 3 – The Game releases on July 4 this year, alongside the show’s third season. It’s deliciously retro-looking, with co-op mechanics, puzzles and Mind Flayers abound. Netflix also confirmed two new playable characters, Eleven and Max, who will each have unique abilities.
The game is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and smartphones.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
The last game Netflix touched on is based on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series coming up this year. It’s called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics and, as one might guess, involves turn-based tactics.
Players can recruit and use an army of characters from the world of Thra, across 80 campaign battles. The game is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch sometime this year.
What does it all mean for Netflix?
Netflix is funneling a ton of resources into the video game side of things. They’re not just making games out of movies and TV shows, they’re also making movies out of games. At Ubisoft’s E3 conference, we learned that Netflix had acquired the distribution rights to a movie based on Tom Clancy’s The Division.
They seem to be diversifying their brand here, and I think that it’s absolutely the right move too.
Netflix holds such a vast amount of great original TV shows and movies. It would be fantastic to see the Marvel-Netflix shows turned into games. But we also have the Bright urban fantasy movie starring Will Smith, Bojack Horseman, Umbrella Academy, Sense8, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Black Mirror and so on. All these properties hold amazing potential for unique and diverse video games, if they are done right.
Hopefully, their video game efforts go well and urge them to pursue larger-scale projects with bigger development partners.