Leading streaming service, Netflix, announced a new partnership with Next Games with a plan to launch a Stranger Things mobile game.
This may seem like efforts of maximising on the success that the series of the same name has had since its first season premiere, which it is, but the inspiration has also been emphasized to come from the 80’s cartoon series.
Much is being expected from the experience with the game once we get to have a taste of it considering Next Games has earned its own acclaim from some of their previous products like “The Walking Dead: Our World” video game.
“Our core focus will be to deliver on Stranger Things’ rich and intense themes like friendship and supernatural adventure, and translate these into snack-sized entertainment on your mobile device,” were the words of Next Games CEO, Teemu Huuhtanen, in a press release.
As for the gameplay, the game has been described as a location-based puzzle RPG, something that will be quite familiar to Pokemon Go players.
The game will involve you having to walk around the Upside Down and “work with fellow fans to fight back its emerging evils.” To create the location-based RPG, Next is working with Google Maps to have integrations so that players can walk around their neighbourhood with friends.
It might seem reasonable to be positive with what the public feedback will be after its release next year, considering Next Games is among the leaders when it comes to licensed augmented reality games alongside Niantic (Pokemon Go developer).
However, one thing that examples like Star Wars have taught us in time, it takes a lot of money to bring beloved on-screen characters to a whole different medium.
The efforts can be appreciated keeping in mind that Next Games made it clear that their game version is completely separate from the previous two games developed by Telltale Games that received no success after the company shut down.
We will then have to keep our fingers crossed until the game is released on iOS and Android in 2020.