This is now the eighth time I’ve sat down to try and type out this journal. It’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write… and I’ve killed, like... a lot of innocent fictional characters. It’s super long and mushy, but it’s got some really exciting news and -- well, I’m getting ahead of myself. I guess I’ll just start by saying...
I’ve been working on Red vs. Blue for six years.
I don’t think I’ve ever fully comprehended that sentence until this very moment. Like, I was positive it was four, maybe five, but… I started machinimating as an intern the same day filming began on Season 9 six years ago. You can tell because Tucker’s head-bobs are TERRIBLE.
And yet somehow, despite my mediocre machinima skills and tendency to lose rechargeable battery packs, I was given an opportunity that completely changed my life: The chance to write and direct a show I loved. You better believe I took that opportunity and ran with it the very best I could.
Over the past six years I got to help tell the story of how a bunch of losers became heroes. There were times when they fought with each other and times when they worked together better than the fiercest Freelancers. There were mysterious walls, heartbreaking audio logs, adorable killing machines, forgotten colonies, civil wars, TWO LOPEZES, future cubes, new recruits, rebel leaders,
wimpy generals brave generals, mercenaries, back-stabs, space prisons, alien relics, crazy doctors, talking guns, A.I. fragments, key-swords, flamethrowers, SANTA, avalanches, train fights, death towers, the most powerful suit of armor ever designed by man, and at the center of ALL OF IT stood the Reds and Blues. I have done so much more in the world of Red vs. Blue than I ever thought I could… and I’m happy.
I’m happy to have had the chance to learn from Burnie and Matt, I’m happy to have worked with so many talented people, and I’m happy to say that it’s now someone else’s turn.
A lot of viewers pointed out that VIC’s monologue at the end of Season 14 felt like a goodbye, and in a way, it was. Season 14 was a celebration of RvB; it was a season that allowed us to just have fun with the universe and its characters and to do things we’d never have been able to pull off in a traditional season. It also served as a sort of audition. I’d reached a point where I felt as though I could no longer take the Reds and Blues to new and interesting places without it feeling forced, so we began the search for a new writer and director with new ideas and a passion for storytelling.
We found him.
You might know Joe Nicolosi from any number of projects he’s worked on in the past, though you probably know him from his stop-motion RvB episode “The Brick Gulch Chronicles”. Not only did he deliver a completely unique and out-of-the-box-canyon approach to Red vs. Blue, he captured the voices of our beloved characters perfectly. Joe’s also an absolute turbo-nerd and I love him (but don’t tell him I said that). I promise I’m not leaving RvB entirely. Just as Matt and Burnie helped guide me in my early days of writing RvB, I’ll be working with Joe so that we can make his story the absolute best it can be, and trust me... it’s going to be one hell of a ride. I hope you’ll all welcome him to the site and get to know him better. Be sure to check out his journal here!
Season 15 picks up not far from where Season 13 left off. Kyle and Josh are firing up their Xboxes, Nico and David are tuning their instruments, and Joe Nicolosi is bringing new heroes, new villains, and a brand new adventure with him. I can’t wait for you all to see it.
Thank you all for everything. Whether you’re a stupid Red or a dirty Blue, I love you.