The world’s most successful YouTuber treats his fans to a teaser clip of his new show, Scare PewDiePie, revealing that it will stay close to PewDiePie’s horror and comedy roots.
The clip, from the upcoming YouTube show Scare PewDiePie, offered a small look into what will make the new series tick. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, will be subjected to various real-life scenarios inspired by famous horror games. PewDiePie has claimed that he will not know anything about each episode’s situation before being thrust into the action, and the show is being reported as a mixture between a prank show and a suspense adventure. When YouTube was asked to describe what some are calling their biggest project to date, a representative stated:
“The show promises a completely authentic experience as Felix goes into every episode without knowing what he’s in for.”
The bit of action revealed so far showcases PewDiePie trapped in a claustrophobia-inducing metal box while a man approaches him with a scythe. For those gamers already familiar with his exploits – and PewDiePie has over 40 million subscribers, so there are many who are – the show appears to feature the usual copious amounts of cursing and shouting.
Scare PewDiePie is being produced by Skybound Entertainment, most famous for their work on The Walking Dead television series, and Disney’s Maker Studios. The show will air in 2016 on YouTube Red, which will be a premium content subscription service users will have to pay to access. Luckily for YouTube Red, PewDiePie is the best ambassador the fledgling service could have hoped for. PewDiePie appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently to discuss the appeal of his Let’s Play videos, garnering attention beyond his usual crowd of devotees.
Of course, PewDiePie’s background in video games is the thing that has garnered him much of his success, and the wildly successful YouTube sensation isn’t about to abandon his roots. He released Legend of Brofist this past September for mobile gaming platforms, partnering with Outerminds to create a side-scrolling platformer, and although the effort didn’t set the gaming world ablaze, it was the first effort in what might be many more to come.
Even if PewDiePie bungles the occasional multimedia project, the YouTuber has the kind of bankroll to cushion any sort of financial failure. Swedish tabloid Expressen reported that PewDiePie earned 7.45 million dollars in 2014, and that total is likely to grow as he becomes one of the central focal points of YouTube’s premium subscription campaign. It’s hard to imagine anything going wrong for Kjellberg, though. Everything he’s touched has become immensely popular on the internet, and it doesn’t seem like he’s showing any signs of slowing down.
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