Aardman Animations, the UK-based studio behind Wallace and Gromit, seems to be making big moves in developing their new game, after 2020 Agreement with Bandai Namco to create a new IP. As discovered by TechRadar, some new job listings on the company’s website gave us a bit of insight into what the game would be like.
“We’re working on a completely novel IP with a major publisher,” the job description for Level and Narrative Designer says. The description also mentions that they have a working prototype that they will use to inform the entire game and that the aim is to create a “3D action adventure” set in a “crazy open world”. crazy”, with a cast of “wonderful, fun, surprising and diverse characters”.
The game will be made in Unreal Engine 5 – Epic’s recent upgrade to industry standard UE4 – go from the desired skills listed in the job description. It looks like it’s meant for PS4, Xbox One and Switch, as the experience of shipping titles for those platforms is also “desirable”.
The game studio is separate, but located within Aardman Animations, which describes itself as “employees owned” and is independent. Their mission statement and values include “creative excellence, humour, openness and collaboration”, as well as a commitment to a “culturally diverse workforce” and “equal about opportunity”.
This is not Aardman’s first video game. Previously they worked with DigixArt and Bandai Namco to develop 11-11: Memories are told, an impressive third-person game that tells the story of the Second World War armistice from both sides’ perspectives. They have also collaborated with, but not developed, the video game adaptations of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run. This new IP will be their first solo, internal project.
Aardman Animations also announced today that they are working with Netflix on two new film projects: A new movie about Wallace and Gromit coming out in 2024 and a sequel to Chicken Run called “Dawn of the Nugget” in 2023.
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