The Netflix hit series is getting its very own video game. After dominating the streaming video arena, Netflix is set to dip its toes into gaming. At E3 last night, the company announced it’s going to make video games based on its popular original shows, starting with its hit 80s-themed horror series, Stranger Things.
Stranger Things 3: The Game will be released on July 4 – that coincides with the release of the new season of the show – on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. The game is set to be priced at $19.99.
Netflix this year will also release an eponymous turn-based strategy game spinning of an original “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” television series based on a dark puppet animated film from 1982 directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.
Netflix partnered with video game developer BonusXP and the Henson Company on the project.
“The Dark Crystal is one of my favorite fantasy films of all time, so it was a bucket-list item for me to be part of this game,” said BonusXP president Dave Pottinger.
“The challenge with Dark Crystal is living up to 30 years of fandom and the expectation that comes with that.”
Stranger Things writers are gamers, as are the show’s characters and many of its fans, so a full-blown title building on adventures in the series was a natural fit, according to show writer Paul Dichter.
The game aims to stay true to the original horror fiction series while adding extra content to the storyline.
Netflix is also intent on differentiating its service in an increasingly competitive streaming television market.
Disney is on track to launch a streaming television service this year, pulling coveted content such as shows starring blockbuster Marvel action heroes in the process.
Basing video games on popular film or story characters from Harry Potter to Spiderman or Batman has long been a staple of the industry.