ARG Viral Armadyne Site for Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Discovered
Yes, finally, something! One of the greatest virals I've followed from its early days to completion was for District 9, which turned out to be the kick ass debut of director Neill Blomkamp. For the last few years, Blomkamp has been prepping his next feature, another sci-fi project simply known as Elysium that's set far in the future, supposedly on another planet. At Comic-Con tonight, although I completely missed them, on display all around the Con (via ComingSoon) were signs that said "We're Building the Future and We Need You" with a link to Armadyne.net, a brand new viral ARG website asking people to "Come Build With Us".
Before we get too much further into the details of this website, here's a look at the signs on display around Comic-Con. Very similar to the original "For Humans Only" viral for D9 that popped up out of nowhere, these signs are all over and this is the first we've ever seen/heard of them. I love seeing new virals like this, especially for original sci-fi movies, kicking off, it's great to have something to follow (for 19 more months).
The website is fairly minimal at the moment, containing nothing but an intro video to Armadyne, and an "Apply" registration link that doesn't currently work (it still says "Coming Soon" as of tonight - see above). The video is fairly generic, but mentions interesting jobs like "zero g welders, mega-structure engineers, quantum networkers", as well as experts in "zero g coupling and multi-generational planning." Based on all that we know, this sounds like it's a massive spaceship construction company, looking to build a ship that will transport an entire colony of people, hence "multi-generational planning", to another planet, which connects with early rumors about the Elysium setting being on another planet. I like where this is headed.
For those that are unsure of this even being connected with Blomkamp's Elysium, ComingSoon specifically says they've "learned that the game ties into the upcoming Neill Blomkamp project Elysium, set for release on March 1, 2013." I take that as word they confirmed directly with someone at the studio. We also know that Elysium is set to star Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Alice Braga and D9's Sharlto Copley, but hasn't started shooting. (This summer in Vancouver and Mexico.) It sounds like another awesome hard sci-fi from Blomkamp, but we still don't know much about it. As an early viral hint, this is an exciting start.
For now, check out Armadyne.net website, watch the video, and "apply" as early as possible, as it might be open later on. We're definitely going to be following this viral quite closely, as it looks like the very long viral trail to March 2013 has just begun and I can't wait to see where it leads us. Taking Mankind into the Future!