A Second Stranger Things Game Was Reportedly Lost After Telltale Shut Down

A Second Stranger Things Game Was Reportedly Lost After Telltale Shut Down

Night School Studio was working on a mobile Stranger Things game for Telltale as well.

Telltale Games' closure also meant the end of its planned Stranger Things video game based on Netflix's hit series. But there was another Stranger Things game, from Oxenfree developer Night School Studio, that Telltale was funding alongside its own game. Unfortunately, Night School's game will also likely never come out as Telltale's closure sunk Night School's project in its wake.

When Telltale laid off its staff and closed the studio last year, there were still many projects in development that were canceled. Biggest among them were The Wolf Among Us 2 and Stranger Things. While neither of those projects will come out from Telltale, The Verge reports that Telltale was working with Night School on a mobile game that would tie-in to both Netflix's Stranger Things show and Telltale's own game.

Night School's unfinished Stranger Things game was set to be a first-person narrative game where the save file would carry over to Telltale's game. "We love the games they made and wanted to do a mobile game that tied into our own game," said one former Telltale employee. Another source said Telltale's CEO Pete Hawley felt Telltale's formula had run stale, and that bringing in another dev was a "low risk" way to experiment with things.

While Night School is best known for its original indie games like Oxenfree and the upcoming Afterparty, the studio has done mobile video game tie-ins for TV shows before, most notably with USA's Mr. Robot. But sources at Night School said that Stranger Things was a dream project with promised access to the IP and its creators the Duffer Brothers.

Unfortunately, the promises failed to materialize as in the background Telltale was struggling to keep its company afloat. "We had zero warning," said one source when Telltale closed. "We had no idea that anything was amiss over [at Telltale]. Neither did any of their team, anybody that we dealt with, all the way up."

As for Night School's Stranger Things game, "Our project was basically thrown into limbo immediately, and not based on the quality of it, not based on where we were in the production timeline, but just because the company that was funding it was in dire straits."

Ultimately Night School's game remains in a state of nonexistence. It was never officially canceled, nor was it ever officially announced, "the game just sort of evaporated," one source told The Verge.

Night School is currently working on its original IP, Afterparty. Meanwhile many of Telltale's former employees have scattered following the studio's closure, and Night School's Stranger Things game is locked away in the studio's archives and nobody outside the devs will get a chance to play it officially.

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