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Hello Neighbor's animated series pilot has been a surprising success

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The first Hello Neighbor game was a disappointment when it released back in 2017, with our reviewer calling it (opens in new tab) "frustrating, buggy and overly dependent on trial-and-error." It was a shame, because the game's premise is neat: the neighbor across the road is a damn weirdo, and out of sheer morbid curiosity you've got to break into his house to figure out what he's all about.

Since that initial game released, several offshoots have launched: Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek delved into the history of the weirdo, while Secret Neighbor was a multiplayer take on the format. 

But the series' latest venture may prove its most successful. A new six minute Hello Neighbor animation, designed to pique the interests of TV and streaming services, has amassed nearly 11 million views on YouTube in a little less than a week. The video is embedded at the bottom of the story.

The pilot was written by Carly Anne West, who is also responsible for the Hello Neighbor novelizations. Yes: Hello Neighbor has book adaptations (opens in new tab). And if publisher TinyBuild has any say, Hello Neighbor will soon be inescapable. in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz (opens in new tab), CEO Alex Nichiporchik said "the 'indie publishing' business is dead. It's a game of brands now."

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.