'Black Mirror': Netflix will release an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure episode for season 5
The next season of Black Mirror will debut on Netflix before the end of 2018 and will feature an interactive episode
Netflix has decided to take things up a notch and is now planning on letting you decide how your favorite show will end.
The streaming giant is currently developing technology that will let viewers choose the storyline in an upcoming TV episodes and movie. According to a news report by Bloomberg, a source familiar with the matter claims that Netflix plans on releasing first of such projects by the end of this year.
According to reports in #bloomberg, audiences will soon be able to choose the storyline of their favourite series or film, including one episode of the upcoming series of #blackmirror on #netflix. Is interactive TV the wave of the future? pic.twitter.com/TZfBt17kFB— Studio 35 (@studio35online) October 1, 2018
According to Bloomberg, the first series where the viewers will get to choose their own storyline will be in an upcoming episode of the 'Black Mirror', the Emmy-winning science-fiction anthology series. Apparently, the choose-your-own episode will be a part of 'Black Mirror’s' fifth season, which is due to arrive in December.
This isn't the first time that the online streaming giant has tried the interactive TV idea but it is quite interesting that they have decided to take the experiment to a more adult-oriented audience.
Just last year, Netflix announced its plans to interactivity to its platform but, at the time, it was focused on kids' shows. The original lineup included “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale,” “Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile,” and “Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout.”
The screen on these shows displays a game controller icon right over the thumbnail to portray that it is interactive and playable by nature.
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Last year in December Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told Bloomberg, that they were preparing an exact same kind of experimental show that was focused on adults after seeing how kids responded to the format.
As of now, the forthcoming episode of 'Black Mirror' in December will be the first to use this format in a live action series. This also happens to be the first interactive show designed for adult viewers. It’s even the first of at least two live-action projects that have been confirmed, reports Bloomberg. They also noted that Netflix is currently in the process of negotiating the rights to others. Two of the said projects are also said to be adaptations of video games.
Netflix’s isn’t the only company currently trying interactive TV. HBO’s project 'Mosaic' from Steven Soderbergh also tested waters for interactivity through a companion app for iOS and Apple TV.