Bandai Namco has announced a new title headed our way. Titled 11-11: Memories Retold, the game brings together two studios to create “a grippingly emotional story experienced through the lens of World War I.”
Today’s trailer is impactful at the very least. The video, set with a subtle yet effective score, beautifully illustrates locales from a World War 1 battlefield. The poem In Flanders Fields is recited throughout.
The trailer doesn’t exactly convey what 11-11: Memories Retold is as far as a game goes, but it appears to be a World War 1 walking sim of sorts. Bandai Namco did go on to shed some additional light on what to expect from the project via a press release.
The publisher is calling the game “a story-driven narrative adventure, presented within a breathtaking art style reminiscent of paintings, that will deliver a wholly unique experience.” You can get a sense as to what the art direction is striving for throughout today’s trailer.
The game is being co-developed by “two master craft studios” in Aardman Studios and DigixArt. Aardman is handling the artistic portion of the game. The team is based out of Bristol, England and is known for their use of stop-motion claymation work. The studio helped to bring the iconic Wallace and Gromit to life.
Dave Sproxton, Founder of Aardman, says that “Engaging audiences with compelling stories through animation is at the heart of what we are trying to do at Aardman.” He continues, “With this project we want to produce an emotionally rich experience with distinctive visual character to help you understand what war is all about.”
DigixArt is more of traditional video game developer out of Montpellier, France. The studios’ sole outing to this point is the “musical odyssey” Lost in Harmony. Released in 2016 for mobile devices, the game holds a 4.3 out of 5 star rating on the iOS App Store.
Yoan Fanise, Game Director at DigixArt, stated that “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 is being developed for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. There’s no targeted release date mentioned at this time.