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The 'Wallace and Gromit' studio is creating an emotional WWI game

Bandai Namco is partnering with Aardman on '11-11 Memories Retold.'
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
04.25.18 in AV
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Bandai Namco/Aardman Animation

Games set in real-world conflicts don't necessarily glorify war, but it's rare that they fully address the horrors of war. For every poignant story like Valiant Hearts, there's many more titles that might only offer token commentary. Wallace & Gromit's Aardman Animation Studios, Bandai Namco and DigixArt want to change that. They've unveiled 11-11: Memories Retold, a narrative adventure about two World War I soldiers who meet under the "most unlikely of circumstances."

Details of the plot and gameplay remain under wraps, but the creators make it clear that it's about the "emotional" human experience, not the fighting. The teaser trailer's use of John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" is a hint at the sober tone. Aardman is contributing a distinctive "painted style" where 3D objects look more like they were brushed on to the screen -- it's akin to looking at a painting from the period.

There's no release schedule for 11-11 as of yet, but it's in development for the PS4, Xbox One and PCs (via Steam). Whenever it arrives, it might be worth a close look. The cultural impact of World War I is quickly fading nearly a century after it ended, and many people only really know it through media that focuses primarily on the battles themselves, such as Battlefield 1. This may draw more attention to the cultural impact, and remind us that WWI was supposed to represent an end to all wars.

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