YouTube has debuted a trailer for their first interactive original show, a special starring gaming personality Markiplier who gets viewers to lead him through a heist undertaking a covert mission to rob the world’s most secure museum.
The show, called A Heist with Markplier, will debut on October 30 and include 61 total videos leading to 31 possible endings.
The first-person narrative film will enable viewers to watch and participate from the perspective of gaming YouTuber veteran Mark Fischbach, an innovative follow-up to A Date With Markiplier, a similarly interactive series that Fischbach launched on Valentine’s Day in 2017.
A Heist was produced by Fischbach and Rooster Teeth, with Fischbach, Matt Hullum, Burnie Burns, and Ryan P. Hall serving as executive producers.
It also likely marks the first of many interactive YouTube productions to come, given that the company appointed longtime content exec Ben Relles (who previously served as head of unscripted content) to the newly-created role of head of innovation, in which he will be charged with developing a slate of choose-your-own adventure programming and interactive live specials.
As we’ve covered here previously, interactive shows got a major interest boost over the past year, largely thanks to Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch episode which premiered to much buzz. Netflix later debuted an interactive Bear Grylls show, continuing to expand interactive programming beyond kids’ shows.
Check out the trailer for YouTube’s first interactive series below:
THE PULSE is out now on Google Play