Netflix Special Panel Confirmed At E3 2019 For Their Gaming Expansion

Published: May 15, 2019 5:50 PM /


Netflix Special Panel Confirmed At E3 2019 For Their Gaming Expansion

On Monday the @NXOnNetflix Twitter account, which is dubbed the "space to live everything super, sci-fi, the fantastic, and beyond," started a Twitter dialogue with the @E3 account, acting in that vaguely dystopian way that big brands now pretend to be human and relatable. NX asked for an invite, and then both brands agreed on a panel title for Netflix at E3 2019.

@E3 pushed it a bit and also asked for more hints about the games.

And that's all the information currently available on the panel. You can also see the Stranger Things 3: The Game gameplay trailer for the Nintendo Switch below, and the game is also coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and mobile devices.

Netflix has been hinting and teasing toward its expansion into the world of gaming for a couple of years now. Last June they announcedStranger Things game, and last November they also announced Minecraft: Story Mode (an adaptation of the Telltale series into a CYOA type show), which was planned to release on November 7, but then got indefinitely delayed. Last December they released their first big game, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Our Review), which had a lukewarm reception, achieving a 61 score on Metacritic. Later in January they also had a little trouble with a lawsuit over Bandersnatch. After that, we haven't heard much about Netflix games.

The Castlevania Netflix series debuted in July 2017, and it has been quite successful, which showed they aren't just interested in adapting shows into games, but also games into shows, which is quite an achievement in cross-media development. Now Netflix also holds the TV rights for The Witcher, and their upcoming series was confirmed to premiere later this year, though it's an adaptation of Sapkowski's books rather than CD Projekt RED's groundbreaking RPG trilogy. Since CD Projekt holds the rights to The Witcher games, Netflix won't be able to develop games with that franchise, unless collaboration with CD Projekt happens and Sapkowski would also have to be on board. Unless of course, the CD Projekt deal happens to be non-exclusive, and Sapkowski wants Netflix to develop games in that universe. That's a lot of "ifs," however.

E3 2019 will happen from June 11 to June 13 this year, and we'll be covering the conference both online and on the ground with our team of editors and staff writers.

What kind of games are you hoping to play on Netflix? Do you think they are doing only choice-based adventures or something more complex? Let us know in the comments below!

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Richard Costa
| Staff Writer

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