Report: Telltale's Stranger Things Game Will Ditch Old Telltale Engine for Unity

Report: Telltale's Stranger Things Game Will Ditch Old Telltale Engine for Unity

The much maligned Telltale Tool is retiring.

Telltale and Netflix are partnering up to bring Minecraft: Story Mode to the video streaming service. But the partnership also means that Telltale will be releasing a new game based on the hit Netflix Original series, Stranger Things. What's more, it could be the first Telltale game to ditch the Telltale Tool engine in favor of Unity.

According to a report from Variety, developers at Telltale who spoke on conditions of anonymity say that The Walking Dead: Final Season will be the last game from the studio to use the Telltale Tool and that Stranger Things is slated to be the first Unity Engine game from the developers.

Minecraft Story Mode season 2.

Reports of the Telltale Tool's troubles date long back, and our story from 2017 after the layoffs at Telltale found employees had extensive troubles with the Telltale Tool. The transition to a new engine was one of the major changes Telltale announced after the layoffs and many are praising Telltale CEO Pete Hawley as a course corrector for a company in dire straits.

This fall, Netflix and Telltale Game will deliver a version of Minecraft: Story Mode to the video streaming service. Like other interactive stories on the platform, Minecraft will let viewers control the narrative using the remote control. It will be primarily geared towards younger audiences, much like existing interactive shows like Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout and Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale.

As for more traditional releases, Telltale is readying The Walking Dead: Final Season's first episode to premiere on August 14. It is the conclusion to the story starring Clementine trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. You can see the latest trailer here. There is no release date yet for the Stranger Things game.

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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