Aardman, the animation studio behind Wallace and Gromit, have teamed up with games publisher Bandai Namco to develop a brand new IP.
It’s not the first time the two companies have worked together; in 2018, they brought the beautiful first world war narrative game 11-11: Memories Retold to life. But what this new IP will be remains to be seen.
In a statement released by Aardman yesterday, it says the collaboration’s first major project “exists across multiple media”. It isn’t just going to be one standalone game, then; it’s possibly going to be an IP that exists across film/TV and videogames. Or perhaps even more.
It’ll be a while until anything comes to fruition, though. In early 2021, the team will be looking for development partners to help bring the vision to life. Aardman will be responsible for creating characters and worlds, while Bandai Namco will deal with development and publishing.
The managing direct of Aardman, Sean Clarke, says of the partnership:
“Interactive Entertainment is a huge growth area within the entertainment world, and with new emerging technology blurring the lines of watching and playing, we are keen to develop strategic partnerships with partners such as BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe that share our vision of creating new IP that embraces this new world and cement our studio’s reputation as a multi-disciplinary creative hub.”
More details about the partnership will be shared at a later date. We’re looking forward to seeing what becomes of it.