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Subway Surfers animated series premieres

Published on: 1st June 2018

Based on 2017’s most downloaded mobile game, the series brings fan-favourite characters to life.

The 10 x 4 minute episodic series from Sybo Games, scripted by Brent Friedman (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Francesca Marie Smith (Hey Arnold!), and produced by Daytime Emmy award-winning producer Sander Schwartz (The Batman, Justice League, What’s New, Scooby Doo; Teen Titans) is available on Sybo’s YouTube channel. For the first time, fans will get to know the characters they’ve seen within the game and delve into their world.

In the Subway Surfers animated episodes, audiences will meet four best friends as they navigate the exuberant joys and ironically-epic dilemmas of teenage life.

Bodie Jahn-Mulliner, along with Sylvester Rishøj, created the animated short about a rebellious character who graffitis a metro railway escaping a grumpy inspector and his dog, back in 2009, which ended up winning a Danish animation award. Soon thereafter, the two founded Sybo Games, who along with publisher Kiloo, brought Subway Surfers to the mobile game arena. The game became a chart-topping success, with over 3m downloads one week after its launch. By 2017, Subway Surfers ranked as the most downloaded game around the world. Earlier this year, Subway Surfers became the first game ever to pass 1b downloads in Google Play’s store.

Sylvester commented: “The series echoes what fans have come to expect from these characters and the Subway Surfers universe, an edgy, cool street-style vibe with the unexpected.

Every month, Subway Surfers lands in a new city or country. Its key characters have travelled to more than 43 destinations. Players take on the role of the graffiti-tagging main protagonist Jake or one of his many friends. They run from the grumpy inspector and his dog through the subway systems of famous cities around the world, while collecting coins and dodging oncoming trains.

A longform series is in development, currently slated for a late 2019 launch.

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