When you hear Aardman Studios, chances are you will fondly think of Wallace and Gromit, not World War One. Yet that is about to change.
Bandai Namco announced the partnership between the animation studio and indie game developer studio DigixArt with information about their upcoming game, 11-11: Memories Retold.
So, what do we know about this upcoming game?
Bandai Namco referred to the game “a story-driven narrative adventure” and if the teaser is anything to go by, as well as the title itself as 11-11 is a reference to Armistice Day, it will be a haunting gaming letting players explore the brutality of The Great War firsthand.
While this caught me off guard initially, the more I thought about it, I am honestly surprised Aardman hasn’t created games bar game adaptations of their films. In fairness, if you told me Aardman was going to make a game I would have pictured a puzzle game or even a RPG of some sort, not 11-11: Memories Retold by a long shot.
David Sproxton, Co-founder of Aardman had this to say “Engaging audiences with compelling stories through animation is at the heart of what we do at Aardman. With this project, we want to produce an emotionally rich experience with a distinctive visual identity that reflects the sentiment of this narrative,”
“11-11: Memories Retold is truly an exciting step for us as it marks the first time that Aardman has collaborated on a game of this scale and we’re delighted to see this come to life.”
Yoan Fanise, game director at DigixArt, chimed in “11-11: Memories Retold is a very special game at many levels. From the painted style to the emotional journey we create for the player to revive their heritage, we are pushing the boundaries of what a game can be and hope it will leave a mark on you.”
11-11: Memories Retold will be available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One although at the time of writing there has not been an official release date. Considering the title and subject matter, my guess would be that it might be out in time for Armistice Day 2018 but that is only my theory.
Either way, 11-11: Memories Retold has caught my eye and my interest, so I’m keen to see how this unfolds.