Rooster Teeth’s 2003 viral machinima series Red vs Blue is ending after 20 years. Announced at the annual RTX Austin convention, Red vs Blue: Restoration is the web series’ 19th and final season.
Revealed with a new trailer, Red vs Blue: Restoration appears to be bringing the series back to its thirteenth season, retconning show’s most controversial seasons that involved time travel and other shenanigans. The show’s poorly received action-focused follow-up Red vs Blue Zero has also been stripped from canon.
In the trailer, the show’s original main character Church (aka Epsilon) is shown returning to the series after being absent for numerous years. The trailer shows the character’s perceived final moments as he tries to find a way for his friends to survive the deadly encounter with Hargrave’s forces.
Red vs Blue: Restoration features the return of Rooster Teeth founder Burnie Burns as a writer and voice actor for the series. The final season will also be directed by ex-CEO and co-founder Matt Hullum, the voice actor behind the series’ iconic Sarge character - the gruff and regimented leader of the Red Team.
Since its release on April 1st, 2001, Red vs Blue has been an internet phenomenon. Created in the video game series Halo, the web series resulted in the 2000s’ boom of machinima animation, shows and stories filmed within the worlds of video games.
Originally filmed on the original Xbox version of Halo: Combat Evolved, the series has evolved with each game’s release. The web series has even been used to promote upcoming releases all the way from Halo 2 to Halo 5. While content for the show has been made in Halo Infinite, it was not used to promote the game.
RvB’s popularity in the 2000s was so big that Xbox used the web series to promote Xbox games in American stores. Numerous promotions for Xbox video games were recorded to play in store kiosks with the series’ characters explaining why gamers should buy upcoming releases.
The Rooster Teeth web series is still referenced in a number of Xbox games, including Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon and more. Numerous memes from the series are still found online such as the meme “Wait. That’s Illegal”, taken from one of the series’ early PSA videos.
Currently, Red vs Blue holds the record for the internet’s longest running web series of all time, but with the series coming to an end, that record will be free for the taking. From 2003 to 2023, RvB has lasted far longer than anyone expected, but now it’s time to say goodbye, even if you hate goodbyes.