❘ Published: 2022-10-15T02:43:20
❘ Updated: 2022-10-15T02:43:43
Regis Altare and Alban Knox are breaking down barriers between Hololive and NIJISANJI EN with the two stars collaborating for the first time. The VTuber revealed how it came to be and its hopes of “opening the door” for more inter-agency broadcasts.
The walls between Hololive and NIJISANJI have been torn down this week. For more than two years, the English-speaking talents of the two agencies have never collaborated, with previous attempts shot down at the last second.
However, that deadlock was broken when TEMPUS guild leader Regis Altare announced his Terraria broadcast with Alban Knox on October 15. It will be the first collaboration between Hololive EN and NIJISANJI EN, more than two years after the former debuted with Myth.
The collaboration is a huge moment for the two agencies and their talents, who have long expressed their desire to cross paths. They are very supportive of each other on Twitter, but have never appeared on a broadcast together.
However, Regis Altare doesn’t want to get “too meta” and told fans before the collaboration that it’s just two friends playing together , and that’s all it should be.
“We texted each other and I was like ‘brother.’ And he was like ‘brother’. And like, ‘brother’. And then the collaboration was made. The river.
“He’s really cool. He’s fun. We played a little bit of Zomboid off-stream and we were talking like ‘hey, why can’t we have a collaboration with each other? What’s stopping us? We talk to our managers, we talk to the company and said ‘can we pull this off?’ He took a lot of talking.
“I hope with this collaboration here, I don’t want to get too meta with it, but my thoughts on this. I honestly want to play Alban Knox because he’s great. He is my friend. And that’s all it should be at the end of the day.
“It shouldn’t be about numbers. It shouldn’t be about companies or the VTuber world, whatever that is. It’s really all about ‘I want to play with this cool guy,’ right?
As for what it means for the future between the two agencies? Regis wants there to be more collaboration between Hololive and NIJISANJI. Another broadcast between Selen Tatsuki, Kureiji Ollie, and Vestia Zeta has already been confirmed, and fans want more.
Talents just want to play live with their friends, regardless of their agency affiliation.
“I don’t know if this is going to open things up for more people,” he continued. “I don’t know if it’s going to get others to do collaborations as well.
“But in the future, if this leads to a future where any of the talent from any company can collaborate without fear of fans, of companies, of being immersed in the internet. I really hope that this can be the first step to open the door. Does someone have to do it right?
“Alban and I both talked about this and said that things have to change. So maybe from this we can make small changes. We can… lead the charge. It’s not about companies. We just want to play because we’re friends. I hope people can understand that.”