The official DELETED website now has a counter running which (presumably) indicates when the new show, entitled DELETED: Redux, will begin – and, of course, the new game will start. As of this writing, the counter looks like it will end on Saturday, August 15th at 1PM Pacific, though anyone familiar with ARGs knows that things never quite turn out like you’d expect.
In typical ARG fashion, the DELETED: Redux promotional efforts have been minimal; besides the mysterious counter on the website, there’s a recap video of the thirteen-episode DELETED: The Game series that was posted on YouTube.
To catch you up, DELETED: The Game was about a conspiracy about rigging elections (the show coincided with the 2008 Presidential Elections) and identity theft, all surrounding an amnesiac woman named Tyler Mills (Charlie Miller) and her missing boyfriend Ethan (Shawn Parsons). Critical to the show’s success (and its reported 3,000,000 views) were the challenges that showed up at the end of each episode. Players were encouraged to participate in the series by solving the challenges, which earned them points that would get them more and more of Tyler’s contact information – social networking invites, email addresses, eventually even a phone number – and influence the events of the next episode.