During its panel at New York Comic Con, Rooster Teeth announced a release date for its next animated series. gen:LOCK, the new futuristic mecha anime, will premiere on January 26, 2019.
During the panel, various members of Rooster Teeth, including series writer and director Gray Haddock, premiered various scenes from the new show, including a scene of the primary cast meeting one another and the first handful of minutes from the premiere episode. Haddock later discussed his influences for the show, from films such as Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell to William Gibson novels and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
gen:LOCK is set in a world 50 years in the future where a group of young pilots band together to jump into mech suits and save the world. The show will also be one of two Rooster Teeth products to make the jump to comics courtesy of DC Comics next year, the second being RWBY. At the panel, Haddock also briefly discussed how the company managed to get Michael B. Jordan for the lead role of Julian Chase, which first involved invoking his name during the character design process and realizing that he would be perfect for the role. Once Jordan was cast, they were able to use him as incentive for other actors such as David Tennant and Dakota Fanning to sign on.