Netflix has been recently investing more in its interactive experiences with a job opening for narrative designers. Netflix’s job page cites vacancy for someone who can apply “passion for interactive experiences, narrative design and technology to help reimagine the future of entertainment experiences on Netflix” It alludes to Black Mirror: Bandersnatch as an example of those experiences, a movie which exists in the Black Mirror universe.
The requirements for the job also call for someone with eight or more years of “professional hands-on narrative and/or game design experience in a digital media or production environment” as well as a portfolio that includes examples of narrative design in apps or games. Like story-based games such as Telltale’s The Walking Dead that adapted The Walking Dead into a new, interactive story, Bandersnatch gave viewers the option to control the narrative with important decisions. Bandersnatch was more about a movie than a game through the two mediums had similar elements. Netflix wishes to apply the gaming prowess on its process of creating interactive experiences.
“Above all, you have deep expertise helping design and craft interactive narratives across a range of mediums (video, games, apps) and platforms (TV, mobile, web) for a diverse audience,” part of the job listing’s description reads.
Netflix’s product vice president was quoted as saying to Comicbook.com that the movie was a “huge hit around the world” and that the company would be “doubling down” on interactive experiences.
We will keep you posted on further development.