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Netflix expands into video games with Stranger Things and The Dark Crystal

Netflix expands into video games with Stranger Things and The Dark Crystal

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Text: Ethan Lee

Editor: Aravin Sandran


Image: Netflix

After disrupting the way we watch movies with Black Mirror's Bandersnatch, Bear Grylls' You vs Wild and a soon-to-be-released horror series by Steven Spielberg that can only be watched when the sun sets, Netflix will be dipping their toes into the world of video games by giving fans the chance to play their favourite Netflix Original series and films as video games. These are the upcoming games to look forward to this year.

Stranger Things 3: The Game

Available on: Nintendo Switch, XBOX One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, Android and iOS  digital only
Launch date: 4 July 2019

The third season of Stranger Things will be released globally alongside a video game. Taking the show's eighties nostalgia up a notch, the game has been designed like a 16-bit RPG (Role Playing Game), combining modern day game mechanics to keep it fresh. Players will be able explore the town of Hawkins, solve puzzles and fight monsters from The Upside Down, all while teamed up with a friend. The game will be available on all major consoles and mobile gaming platforms.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics

Available on: Nintendo Switch, XBOX One, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac — digital only
Launch date: Later half of 2019

In the later half of the year, Netflix will be releasing the prequel of an adaptation of Jim Henson's 1982 fantasy film, The Dark Crystal. Available on major consoles, the game will be a turn-based strategy game where players will get to strategically command characters that are recruited throughout the campaign within the fantasy world of Thra.

Stranger Things upcoming mobile game

Launching in 2020, the location-based Android and IOS mobile game will allow players to explore the creepy universe of The Upside Down in their day-to-day lives, probably through augmented reailty, and team up with other players to subdue its never-ending evil. This may be a refreshing response to the dying hype of Pokémon Go.

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