Hello Neighbor is a stealth-physics game where players sneak around their neighbor’s house to uncover his sinister secrets. TinyBuild originally released the game in 2017 and it has become a big hit with younger gamers, spawning a prequel and a multiplayer spin-off. Now Hello Neighbor is getting an animated series – or at least testing the first pilot episode.

The pilot episode, titled Breaking & Entering, will be “a 6-minute proof of concept that showcases the setup, the animation, and gives you an idea of what to expect.”

The mini-episode will feature a group of kids breaking into their neighbor’s house to find their friends. The story was written by Carly Anne West, who also wrote four books set within the Hello Neighbor world. Animated was created by Animasia Studio.

“Indie publishing is dead,” said Alex Nichiporchik, CEO, TinyBuild. “It stopped being a sustainable business model the minute the number of mid-size publishers exceeded the number of good games being developed. Instead of focusing on one-off publishing deals, it’s better to build strong and entertaining brands. That means a large in-house development infrastructure that can support both internal games and external studios.”

The test pilot will air this Friday, April 17, at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern on the TinyBuild YouTube channel. The full 20-minute pilot episode will be available for paid subscribers to the channel, as well as interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

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