YouTube to Start Hosting "Interactive" Videos, FMV Games

YouTube to Start Hosting "Interactive" Videos, FMV Games

They didn't say Bandersnatch, but it's the same idea.

LizardRock by LizardRock on Apr 11, 2019 @ 09:45 AM (Staff Bios)
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Video hosting giant YouTube is looking to enter the video game scene in the same kind of way Netflix has, with interactive movies.

According to a report by Bloomberg, YouTube is looking to launch a new original programming branch that specializes in videos that change depending on decisions made by the viewer. Ben Relles will be leading the program, having spent four years in preparation.

"We now have amazing new tools and opportunities to create and tell multilayered and interactive stories. Ben has an intuitive and experienced understanding of how the platform can enhance content, making him the perfect choice to develop this exciting new division."

YouTube head of original programming Susanne Daniels

Details about the program are unsaid at this time. Based on what description was provided, it can be comparable to interactive films (Also known as FMV games) like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Players/viewers will watch scenes play out, and be presented with a choice, usually a polarizing one. These choices will then change the way the video continues. One of our favorite examples of this is a game called Late Shift.

YouTube intends to reveal the program, and presumably some launch titles, next month. It's not clear if they will be free, cost a small sum, or be a YouTube Premium exclusive. Stay tuned.

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