HistoryEditNew Dawn was thought up by Philip Burton, based on Helen Cutter's instructions to him. The purpose of the project was to create a stable, man-made Anomaly in a controlled environment during Convergence (which would in the process close all of the Anomalies that were open at the time for Convergence), and to use the man-made Anomaly as an infinite energy resource. Philip would then give the harnessed energy away for free as a solution to the worldwide energy crisis. (Episode 5.1, 5.4, 5.5)
Upon recognising Connor Temple's intellect, Philip recruited him to help with the New Dawn project. (Episode 5.1) Connor created a smaller prototype of the machine which would be used to create a man-made Anomaly, and successfully created the First Man-made Anomaly using it. (Episode 5.3)
After a swarm of Future Beetles came through the First Man-made Anomaly and invaded the ARC, Connor recalibrated the Anomaly to release a gamma ray that would kill the Beetles, and which in turn closed the Anomaly. Connor then joined with Abby Maitland, Emily Merchant and Matt Anderson in their mission to stop New Dawn. (Episode 5.4)
After Convergence started, Philip travelled to the New Dawn Facility to activate the machine and create a man-made Anomaly so as to stop Convergence and use the Anomaly as an infinite energy source. Despite Connor, Matt, Abby and Emily's attempts to deactivate the machine and stop New Dawn, Philip was ultimately able to activate the machine, which created the New Dawn Anomaly. (Episode 5.5)
After the New Dawn Anomaly was created, it began to expand too quickly for the New Dawn staff to control it. It also began to wreak havoc on Earth's atmosphere and weather patterns above the facility, and its magnetic field started to weaken the building.
Philip self-destructed the facility and the New Dawn Machine in an attempt to stop New Dawn, but the Anomaly remained as it had already grown powerful enough to sustain itself without the machine. Matt later used a Magnetic Case to move the First Man-made Anomaly (which had reopened due to the creation of the New Dawn Anomaly) into the New Dawn Anomaly, which de-stabilised the two Anomalies and caused them to close; stopping New Dawn. (Episode 5.6)Episode 5.6)
- "New Dawn" was also the name of the first episode of Walking with Beasts series, also made by Impossible Pictures.