Aardman Animation, the studio behind animated accomplishments like Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, has announced a development partnership with game developers DigixArt to create a title based in the trenches of World War I. 11-11: Memories Retold will weave a tale of war, life, and loss using a striking style that gives the impression that each frame was painstakingly painted by hand.
What exactly compelled an animation studio known for its lovable and lighthearted creations to tackle such a sober subject? Dave Sproxton, the founder of Aardman explained saying, “engaging audiences with compelling stories through animation is at the heart of what we are trying to do at Aardman. With this project we want to produce an emotionally rich experience with distinctive visual character to help you understand what war is all about.”
Yoan Fanise, the director of 11-11: Memories Retold, expressed the desire that it would expand the perception of what games can be and the hope that it would leave a lasting impression on the people who encounter it. What exactly the content of 11-11 might be is still a mystery, but Fanise hints that it won't be the kind of game we typically get about war and conflict. Instead it will be an emotional, taxing journey both in-game and within the player.
1-11: Memories Retold has no solid release date, but it will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.