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gen:LOCK is a 3D animated mecha sci-fi series[1] produced by Rooster Teeth. The release date is yet to be confirmed, but is tentatively set for some time in 2018.[2] It was announced at RTX Austin on July 7th, 2017.[3]

SummaryEdit

On the losing side of a global culture war, an Experimental Science Unit is pushed to identify a team of young pilots who can control a variety of prototype, next-generation mecha—giant, robotic, weaponized bodies. The recruits will find, however, that their newfound abilities come at no small cost.[2]

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ProductionEdit

Conception and influencesEdit

The original concept for gen:LOCK was pitched in the summer of 2016, with pre-production beginning in late 2016.[4] The series will explore high-concept science fiction and feature more mature themes compared to the concurrently running Rooster Teeth show RWBY.

An emphasis was placed on the self-consistency and logic of the rules and technology of the world.[2] To this end, a detailed series bible containing concept art and backstory was created for the show.[1] The show bears more similarity with "realistic" mech, drawing closer comparisons to Gundam and Aldnoah.Zero than "super" mech shows like Gurren Lagann.[4]

Other anime cited as influences include the cyberpunk series Ghost in the Shell and Psycho Pass, the strongly character oriented storytelling of Kiznaiver, as well as the science fiction anime work of Gen Urobuchi. However, writer/director Gray G. Haddock emphasized that it will not adhere strictly to any genre conventions and will draw from a diverse range of inspirations and ideas.[2]

ArtEdit

While both 3D animated shows, the art style of gen:LOCK is intended to be more realistic and detailed than RWBY.[2] In addition to concept art created internally by Rooster Teeth artists, the team sought out collaborations with other artists such as Bach "Dishwasher1910" Do[5] (whose fan art gained the attention of the company) and concept artist Gavin Manners.[6]

MusicEdit

Music by the electronic rock band Battle Tapes has been used in promotional material for the show.[7]

PublicityEdit

gen:LOCK was publicly announced at RTX Austin on July 7th, 2017.[3] A teaser was shown at Rooster Teeth's RWBY panel at New York Comic Con on October 6th, 2017.[8]

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