“Brave and inspirational.” Such were the first words chosen for Rooster Teeth’s bold announcement that its hit animated web series RWBY will be an HBO exclusive beginning with the highly-anticipated Volume 9. The full statement can only be read on the Rooster Teeth Website, behind one of their obscure communities in the Community tab and requires you to be a member of Rooster Teeth Double Gold First+, so for your convenience we have transcribed it below:
“Brave and inspirational. Its how we would describe the team working at HBO, the home of such legendary shows as The Wire, The Sopranos and the first four seasons of Game of Thrones. This very year HBO has been also home to RoosterTeeth’s own hit series gen:LOCK, which would have never had a second season without their executive, creative and financial support. Seeing as the feedback for the second season has been almost universally positive, we have decided to also move the upcoming volume of RWBY to HBO Max. However, we have encountered several problems along the way:
- Exclusivity. After we have moved RWBY off of YouTube and onto our own website, we saw that real RWBY fans would be willing to endure some trouble just to have a show that feels more exclusive. Barely anyone uses Rooster Teeth First, while so many more people have HBO Max, which would make the show less exclusive by comparison. For this reason, we are making RWBY Volume 9 an exclusive to the new HBO Max service titled HBO Max+ Gold Premium Expansion Pass. This new service, which will cost $35 US or $50 CAD per month, will offer not only all of the benefits provided by HBO Max and RoosterTeeth First, but will also include exclusive shows like RWBY Volume 9, two brand new episodes of Camp Camp and RWBY Chibi Season 3.75. Besides our content, HBO Max+ Gold Premium Expansion Pass owners will have exclusive benefits for various partner services and networks, such as YouTube Premium, Xbox Live Gold and Nintendo Switch Online, with the last offering two additional Sega Genesis games!
- RWBY’s tone doesn’t fit with typical HBO programming. While the adult-focused HBO might not seem like a great fit for RWBY, we have decided to follow in gen:LOCK season 2’s example and significantly change the tone by adding things that HBO viewers are eager to see: sex and gore. And while we can’t exactly show how brutal Ruby’s upcoming blinding will be, we could definitely tell RWBY fans have been waiting for more intimate relationships between the cast. Reactions to emotional scenes like Volume 8’s Bumbleby forehead-touch have shown us that we have indeed disappointed those who were waiting for Blake and Yang to kiss. To remedy that, Volume 9 will feature a full-length uncensored orgy scene between the five main characters stuck on the tropical island. Additionally, just like in gen:LOCK, we feel that it’s best to contrast these gratuitous scenes by having serious gender exploring questions. That means Jaune will not be taking part in the orgy action and instead will be doing some serious introspecting about his own sexuality and will be promptly killed off in the next episode.
- RoosterTeeth FIRST members won’t be happy. That’s perfectly understandable – it is hard to persuade someone to subscribe to a brand new subscription service just for a single show. And while RWBY Volume 9 will not be available on the Rooster Teeth website, we do plan to reward our most loyal fans by posting 6 exclusive screenshots in wallpaper quality every week with each new episode launch, exclusive to FIRST members. Not only that, but all FIRST+ members will enter a weekly raffle, with a lucky winner receiving an exclusive RWBY NFT of a screenshot from that week’s episode!
We hope our decision to make RWBY Volume 9 exclusive to HBO Max+ Gold Premium Expansion Pass is now more transparent and understandable. Unfortunately, we also have to announce a further delay of the show, potentially pushing the newest volume to 2023, as we’re having difficulty animating the sex scenes and minting those NFTs, but we sincerely thank you for your patience nonetheless. Please be assured that we are working hard at creating more new shows exclusive to other subscription networks.” -Richard Dentals, President of Brand Expansion, Rooster Teeth Productions, LLC.