Aardman Animations, the artistic studio behind Wallace & Gromit and different iconic cease-movement series, is growing a new, open-world video game based mostly on an authentic IP.
The game will concentrate on “inventive mechanics and compelling characters”, in response to a number of job listings on the studio’s web site, and is described as a “mad, open-world” game that sits inside the “3D action-adventure genre”.The job adverts make heavy point out of the game’s authentic IP and world-constructing, with the crew trying to create “amazing, hilarious, surprising and varied characters” with outlined lore. Elsewhere, the game is described as that includes a narrative focus, and the identical “humor, love and craftsmanship” that Aardman’s animations have turn into identified for.
The listings recommend the unannounced game can be developed for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.
Aardman has partnered with a “major publisher” to provide the game. Although no specifics are given, the studio introduced on the finish of 2020 it had teamed up with Bandai Namco to develop a “brand-new IP”; the identical language used to explain this title.
The three primary roles marketed are a gameplay programmer/technical designer, degree and narrative designer, and character artist.
Analysis: a narrative-pushed, claymation epic?
Aardman seems to be to have already set itself a excessive bar for this unannounced title. Creating an authentic IP rooted in a character-wealthy world, compelling tales, and surrounding lore isn’t any small job, and one which’s made that a lot tougher when attempting to seize the attraction and humor of the studio’s beloved animations.
But Aardman’s no stranger to video video games. It beforehand co-developed the narrative-pushed, WW1 journey game 11-11: Memories Retold, which was launched again in 2018 to a optimistic reception.
As an motion-journey game, this new challenge seems like fairly a totally different beast that might go in lots of instructions. Unfortunately, as tantalizing as a full cease-movement video game from the minds behind Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit would possibly sound, it’s most likely a little an excessive amount of to count on from a small studio.
The unannounced game is unlikely to pop up anytime quickly. Development gained’t have gone far if the studio continues to be hiring a number of excessive-degree positions and creating its narrative world.
If you’re determined to get a repair of charming British witticisms on the small display screen, there are a number of Wallace & Gromit video games to play within the meantime. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier created the Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit tie-in game again in 2005, and Telltale developed an episodic series of Wallace & Gromit journey video games in 2009.