Netflix might make a choose-your-own-adventure 'Black Mirror'

Posted October 02, 2018

Among Netflix's main competitors, HBO beat the streaming giant to prestige interactive television past year with Mosaic, an interactive murder mystery by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

Black Mirror fans are in for a treat. No further details about the episode have been revealed at this time.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg is reporting that Netflix is developing a slate of specials that will let viewers choose the next storyline in a TV episode or movie, essentially allowing the viewers to decide how their favourite show will end. Using the feature in a high-profile show like Black Mirror shows that the streaming service is serious about exploring it as a storytelling option.

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Pulling off a satisfying ending for a series, a season, or even a single television episode can be hard. Season 4 premiered at the very end of previous year, on December 29th, which means that Season 5 could follow suit. The interactive aspect won't be exclusive to endings.

Two of the projects are adaptations of video games, though Netflix has no plans to start releasing video games - contrary to recent reports. The original lineup of interactive programing on the platform was announced in June of this year and included the children's programing titles, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, and Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout.

This isn't the first time Netflix has tried to integrate viewer interaction into its content. If successful, expect to see more experiments like it in the months to come.

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Black Mirror isn't the only project they're looking at.

But is this a good idea?

This news comes from Bloomberg, who have reported a single episode of the upcoming fifth series will be interactive.

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According to Bloomberg, the episode, which will be part of season five, will be part of a series of tester episodes used to try out the new format.