Animated series culminates in three years of work and includes creative executives from Marvel and DC Cinematic Universe
AUSTIN, Texas and LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Pixel United, a top 5 global mobile-first publisher with 5.5 million daily gamers worldwide, and Plarium, a leading global developer of F2P Mobile and PC Gaming, today at The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the release of its first original animated limited series, entitled RAID: Call of the Arbiter. The series, based on the multi-billion dollar RPG strategy game RAID: Shadow Legends, will consist of 10 five-minute weekly episodes, set to premiere on YouTube on May 18, 2023. The animated series highlights the main characters of RAID with deeper, more immersive storylines while delivering cinema-quality animation.
RAID: Call of the Arbiter limited animated series.
The teaser video of the series released today can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHSEEu27d28.
The game RAID: Shadow Legends has quickly become one of the fastest growing collection RPGs with over 75 million downloads across all platforms of over $1 billion in lifetime earnings. The turn-based fantasy game immerses players and features over 700 collectible champions from 15 different factions. With this new series, RAID fans can look forward to learning the origins of some of their most beloved champions, discovering surprises throughout the series that come with in-game rewards, and several other collaborations that offer an immersive experience that transforms the game and the series connects .
“RAID: Shadow Legends is an incredibly valuable part of Pixel United’s portfolio, and our team at Plarium has spearheaded that vision, bringing the game’s intellectual property to life in a way that also created a whole new franchise path for the Brand opened,” said Michael Lang , CEO, Pixel United. “We’re excited that this project is bringing the spotlight to our incredibly talented global team at Pixel United in collaboration with some of Hollywood’s finest creative minds, and we look forward to the future opportunities that lie ahead.”
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The development of RAID: Call of the Arbiter was a global effort involving over 400 people from across the Pixel United portfolio, including team members from RAID: Shadow Legends who are based in or expelled from Ukraine. The game RAID: Shadow Legends was launched by the Ukraine-based Plarium Global creative studio almost five years ago, and this team continues to work on the top 20 games from Ukraine and at locations across Western Europe, including the new one State-of-the-art studio in Warsaw, Poland.
“This new limited series maximizes Plarium’s intellectual property and expands the reach of one of our most popular franchises,” said Schraga Mor, CEO of Plarium. “We know our fans will appreciate experiencing the RAID universe brought to life with memorable three-dimensional characters, and we look forward to expanding their storylines even further. We are also proud to dedicate this production to our Ukrainian team members, their families, and their remarkable work on the events of the past year.”
The animated series is set in the world of Teleria, a land seemingly forsaken by its gods and torn by warring factions locked in endless conflict. The central character that stems from the game’s core story is an ancient guardian named Arbiter who seeks a way to return to the world. She must summon a team of unlikely champions to ignite the spark that will quell the darkness.
Eric Rollman, CEO of Rollman Entertainment and past president of Marvel Television and Animation, will produce the series. He is responsible for bringing Marvel to television and was one of Haim Saban’s first key employees, helping to propel the success of the Power Rangers franchise. More recently, he worked with ballerina, writer and producer Misty Copeland on an animated ballet series and was supervising producer of Skylanders Academy, a Netflix original animated series from Activision Blizzard Studios.
Jay Oliva, founder and CEO of animation studio Lex + Otis, is the showrunner of the series. An animation industry veteran and former Netflix executive producer, Oliva has directed a dozen animated films for Marvel and DC, including The Dark Knight Returns and the acclaimed Young Justice series. He was previously recruited by Zack Snyder to storyboard the DC Cinematic Universe beginning with Man of Steel and is currently the showrunner for several animated series including the Netflix show Trese and ARK: The Animated Series.
Plarium also partnered with TeamTO, one of Europe’s leading creative animation companies, whose previous work includes the Emmy-nominated Angelo Rules. BAFTA-winning Danish composer Jesper Kyd, known for providing iconic music for blockbuster video game franchises such as Assassin’s Creed and Borderlands, created original music for the animated series. Additionally, Lex + Otis’ Kendall Deacon Davis served as the series’ lead writer. He was also the lead writer on ARK: The Animated Series starring Russel Crowe.
“We’re thrilled to be working with such a high-calibre team on this exciting new series that takes RAID: Shadow Legends to the next level for our fans,” said Nicholas Day, Vice President Creative, Plarium and Executive Producer. “We want to establish RAID as a bankable, evergreen IP strong enough to do more, while still appealing to our core fans and generating interest from a broader audience.” Joining Day is Gary Rosenfeld, Head of Business Development at Pixel United. executive producer of the animated series.
RAID: Shadow Legends can be downloaded on iOS and Android mobile devices and PC via the Microsoft Store or the Plarium Play platform. To learn more about Plarium, follow @PlariumGames on YouTube, @Plarium on Instagram, and /Plarium on LinkedIn.
About Pixel United
Pixel United is the free-to-play, mobile-first games company of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd (ASX: ALL). The portfolio includes three operating companies covering several major game genres: Product Madness (UK), Plarium (Israel) and Big Fish Games (US). Pixel United also founded PxU Studios, focused on creating disruptive new games in fast-growing segments, researching the latest technology trends and expanding their pipeline of content and intellectual property over time. As a global company with a growing team of 3,000 people across 21 studio locations worldwide, Pixel United leverages its recognizable game brands, world-class LIVE Ops, in-house development, business intelligence and marketing capabilities with strong investments in talent to drive performance and sustainable long-term growth to achieve. www.pixelunited.com
Plarium Global Ltd. is dedicated to creating the best mobile and PC experience for its community of over 435 million hardcore and casual gamers worldwide. Our diverse portfolio includes over 20 games ranging from hardcore RPGs to casual adventures, with acclaimed titles such as RAID: Shadow Legends, Vikings: War of Clans, Lost Island: Blast Adventure and the Stormfall franchise. The App Store and Google Play regularly feature our games, with Facebook recognizing us twice as a top hardcore Facebook developer. Plarium employs more than 1300 professionals at its headquarters and in eight offices and studios around the world. Our games are available for iOS, Android and PC. They are also available through Plarium Play, our optimized game launcher for PC and Mac gamers. Plarium is part of Pixel United, the global mobile-first games publishing business of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX code: ALL). Visit www.plarium.com for more information.
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