Netflix is working on ways to give viewers control of key plot decisions, reveals The Daily Mail. In most cases, the feature will be simple and linear, enabling spectators to make choices that slightly alter the story, like whether an inmate in Orange Is The New Black joins a gang. However, the most complex versions could turn back on themselves, creating ‘infinite’ dramas.
“We’re doing work on branch narratives so you are actually making choices as you watch. All the content will be there, and then people will have to get through it in different ways,” an unknown source said in an interview with the publication. “We’ll see how it plays out. It’s an experiment. We’ll see if it gets much success. For creators, it’s new territory.”
For the feature to operate as intended, actors will need to film numerous alternate plot segments in advance, letting users choose which route to take through the story. Unfortunately, that could mean even longer waiting times for new seasons (come on, Netflix! I’ve been waiting for more than a year for season three of Better Call Saul), but it would likely be worth it.
Trial expected later this year
The streaming giant is expected to run a trial of choose-your-own-adventure-style shows for children later this year, based on an established character. If they’re successful, the firm will reportedly use the same format for TV programs aimed at adults, though it’s unclear whether it’ll make its way to established series, or used exclusively for new ones.