This morning, during their “State Of The Role” livestream, Critical Role announced a new mini-series for the summer titled Exandria unlimited. As the group wrapped up the second campaign last week, many people were curious what the next step was and how long they were going to be away. Not too long, it seems, as this new show will be a mix of familiar faces and new players set just a decade after the end of the second campaign. It won’t be an ongoing campaign like the previous two, it will be a short mini-series to educate fans over the summer with a same-world story and a fresh perspective.
The show will begin streaming episodes on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. and will continue with episodes throughout the summer on Twitch and YouTube. For those who cannot see the show live, they will still follow the same schedule of having two reruns for different regions and working hours early and late on Friday morning, with the video uploading to YouTube on Monday and the version podcast a week later. Here is the official summary of the show.
Taking place 30 years later critical rolefirst Vox Machina campaign, and 10 years later critical roleThe second campaign of, The Mighty Nein, this eight-part mini-campaign features a fresh-faced, fresh-faced cast of characters we first meet in Emon, a town still recovering from the scars of the attack on the Chroma Conclave, almost 30 years later. As we navigate the usual nuances of learning how to work (and play) together as a team, a burning question whispers deep in the mind of our mixed bag of adventurers: “What push me on this path? “
Featuring newcomers and veteran Critical Role comedians Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor, She-Ra) and Robbie daymond (Marvel’s Spider-Man, Sailor Moon) with the founders of Critical Role and veteran comedians Ashley johnson (critical role, The last of us parts I and II), Liam O’Brien (critical role, Star Wars: The Bad Lot, Carmen Sandiego) and Matthew Mercer (Critical role, Overwatch), led by Storycrafter and Game Master Aabria Iyengar (Happy Jacks RPG, Saving Throw, Hyper RPG, Dimension 20), the stories that take place in Exandria Unlimited are considered 100% canon and will affect future environments and timelines throughout the lore of critical role.
As to the state of the show itself, Mercer and Marisha Ray and Travis Willingham confirmed that the third campaign is in the early stages of planning. So yes, they come back with a new campaign in Exandria at another time. But since it’s so early in development, a lot has not been answered. First of all, we don’t know when this will start, the best guess would be this fall. Second, we have no idea if they’ll keep the show’s social distancing look and Exandria unlimited, or if they will return to the table. The third, and most important one that has persisted on social media for a few months now, is whether the entire cast will return or not.
As of this writing, we have inquired but have not received strong confirmation that all eight cast members will be returning for the third campaign. But honestly, we can’t really see any of them leaving the show because they’re all tied to how the production company works at some level and probably make money out of it like any other job. That said, they all also have voiceover roles and other work that they do as actors in Hollywood. Would it be surprising if someone came away with the series in full swing, several projects in the works, and an animated series on the way? Absoutely. But it certainly could be a possibility. We really won’t know until someone says something, which could happen with the Machina talks Conclusion of the second campaign hosted by Brian foster Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. PT.