Bandai Namco has announced a new game that’ll see them partner with award-winning animation house Aardman Studios and successful indie studio DigixArt – and it’s set during the First World War.
11-11: Memories Retold looks like it’s going to go to great lengths to show players the horrors and struggles of the war, with Bandai Namco describing the game as “a story-driven narrative adventure” that has a “unique painted art style”. That art style really is unique – take a look at it in motion in the very first teaser for the project:
“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,” said David Sproxton, Co-founder of Aardman. “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.”
Aardman has dabbled with a little involvement in games via online flash games and licensed games around their film work, but they’re best known for their work in film where they’ve won Academy Awards and BAFTAs for work like Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and recent release Early Man. Their involvement certainly goes quite a way to pique interest beyond the already-intriguing trailer footage.
Development partner DigixArt also have a strong pedigree, with the French studio’s first project Lost in Harmony scoring 2 million downloads on mobile devices before going on to win myriad best-of awards on both Google Play and the Apple App Store. “We are pushing the boundaries of what a game can be and hope it will leave a mark on you,” says Yoan Franise, director of 11-11: Memories Retold.
Exactly how this narrative-driven experience will play out on-screen once the game arrives is currently unclear, but we at least have the trailer and these few screenshots to go by. It’ll be out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One eventually – and as more is revealed, you’ll find it here.