Two bits of exciting information coming out of the ReGenesis camp this week, one concerning the relaunch of the series on public television, and the other regarding the nomination of the ReGenesis website for a major Canadian award.
We last reported on ReGenesis back in October of 2004 when the series was first aired on Movie Central and The Movie Network, both subscription-based cable networks in Canada. The series included an ARG element, or “extended reality” to it. Now, almost a year later, ReGenesis is enjoying a resurgence in popularity with the broadcast of Season One on Canadian public television channel Global. (Unfortunately, there is no current syndication deal for any networks outside of Canada.) With the re-airing of the series on Global comes the relaunch of the web-based ARG. This is the first instance of an “replayed” ARG — that is, the reset and replay of an ARG that had previously run its course.
The extended reality element that will parallel the broadcast of the series through its duration is centered on fictional agency NorBAC (the North American Biotechnology Advisory Commission) and Science Sucks, a bold protest site. Players of this version of the extended reality will be treated to many of the same twists and turns that made the original game so interesting, but with some subtle changes this time around. There is no historical ARG precedent for any type of game relaunch, so it will be extremely interesting to see how things play out.
The ReGenesis ARG has not only captured the attention of fans across the globe, but the ReGenesis website has earned the creation team a nomination for a Gemini Award (the Canadian equivalent of an Emmy award). The award for Most Popular Website is a web-based voting competition open to all Canadian residents (or anyone who understands the Canadian postal code system, as that is what will ‘verify’ voters as Canadian). Just as the Webby award win by 4orty2wo Entertainment for I Love Bees earlier this year, this would be a huge win for Xenophile Media, and a well-deserved recognition of their efforts to put together this ARG.
(By the way, we’re hearing faint, unsubstantiated rumors of a possible Season Two of ReGenesis. Once we get any further information about this, we’ll be sure to bring it to you.)