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A Stranger Things video game is coming (and we're Upside Down with excitement)

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Dec 11, 2020, 1:50 PM EST (Updated)

Who's ready to play games in the Upside Down? Today, Netflix announced plans to adapt its monster hit Stranger Things into a video game, in collaboration with Telltale Games.

There's no set release date yet, but the streaming giant has said it will be published to consoles and computers in the not-so-distant future, and we're already extremely excited.

TechRadar first reported the news, revealing that Telltale Games will also be adapting Minecraft: Story Mode as a five-episode interactive narrative series that will be coming to the streaming service this fall. Despite all this, Netflix has stressed that they are not venturing into the gaming industry themselves.

"We can confirm Minecraft: Story Mode is a licensed 5-episode interactive narrative series coming to our service this fall," Netflix said in a statement. "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."

They highlighted that the Stranger Things game will not be appearing on the Netflix service, explaining: "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." 

It seems as though this has long been in the works, considering that Netflix itself launched a free-to-play Stranger Things: The Game to promote Season 2 in October last year. Inspired by the show’s '80s-setting, the game -- made for the iPhone, iPad, and Google Play for Android devices -- featured 16-bit-style graphics welcoming players to explore the fictional town of Hawkins.

Around the same time, Netflix also collaborated with Hasbro on no less than three board games, including Monopoly, a Ouija board, and Eleven's Eggo card game.

Taking all of this into account, we're expecting big things from developer Telltale Games when it comes to the first proper paid-for video game. Gaming has always been a huge part of the show right from the very beginning, when a Dungeons & Dragons game was used to eventually spell out the fate of Will Byers. Stranger Things 2 continued the trend by moving onto arcade games, with Will and his pals playing Dragon's Lair in the opening scenes. (You can read more about how video games influenced season two here.)

In short, we're expecting lots of nostalgic Atari-inspired visuals, thrilling trips to the Upside Down with the gang, and a perennially worried-looking Joyce Byers thrown somewhere into the mix.

Are you excited for the Stranger Things video game? Let us know what you hope to see in it in the comments below.

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