Aardman Animations, the UK-based studio behind Wallace and Gromit, appears to be making big moves towards developing their new game, following their 2020 deal with Bandai Namco to create a new IP. As spotted by TechRadar, several new job listings on the company's website have given us a little insight into what the game will be.
"We’re working on an incredible, brand-new IP with a major publisher," says the job description for Level and Narrative Designer. The description also mentions that they have a working prototype that they will use to inform the game as a whole, and that the aim is to create a "3D action-adventure" set in a "mad, open world", with a cast of "amazing, hilarious, surprising and varied characters".
The game will be made in Unreal Engine 5 — Epic's recent upgrade to the industry-standard UE4 — going from the desirable skills listed on the job descriptions. It looks like it's destined for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, as experience shipping titles for those platforms is also "desirable".
The games studio is separate, but contained within Aardman Animations, describing itself as "employee owned" and independent. Their mission statement and values include "creative excellence, humour, openness, and collaboration", as well as devotion to "a culturally diverse workforce" and "equality of opportunity".
This is not Aardman's first video game. They previously worked with DigixArt and Bandai Namco to develop 11-11: Memories Retold, an impressionistic third-person game telling the story of the WWII armistice through the perspective of both sides. They also collaborated on, but did not develop, video game adaptations of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run. This new IP will be their first solo, in-house project.
Aardman Animations also announced today that they were working with Netflix on two new film projects: A new Wallace and Gromit movie due in 2024, and a sequel to Chicken Run called "Dawn of the Nugget" in 2023.
What do you hope to see from Aardman's new IP game? Let us know in the comments.
Oh boy, The Quest for Cheese with a AAA budget!
This is wonderful news
I can't wait to see how it turns out!
That is SO cool! I had no idea they made games!
Having a clay-mation art style for a video game would look amazing!
Are we getting an Aardman Cinematic Universe where Wallace and Gromit asks Morph if he wants to join him?
Shaun the Sheep cinematic open world adventure game
Very cool! Does anybody remember The Neverhood by Dreamworks? I loved that game!
@Tourtus I don't know if there's any way to play it these days, but check out The Neverhood if you haven't!
I love claymation, so I'd love to see if they somehow put that concept into a video game
Please, please be good!
@nofriendo I played the everloving heck out of Skull Monkeys when I was a kid. To this day those songs still pop up in my head randomly
I was about to say that I’m worried...until I look up that 11:11 game and it got a lot of good reviews.
So I guess I don’t have to be worried anymore.
@nofriendo Unfortunately it seems like it's a rare game but the style is nice.
As a huge Wallace and Gromit fan, I'm super excited that it's getting a new movie.
The job listing for the game says it's a brand-new IP, so it'll be fun to see what they design as the main character. 3D action-adventure games are my jam, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
I had a dream that Aardman was working with Kojima Productions and CD Projekt Red on some new games.
There was going to be an open world strand-type life sim game made as a collab between Aardman, Kojima Productions and CD Projekt Red that would be a massive crossover between most Aardman franchises, mostly focusing on Wallace & Gromit, and it would be directed by Hideo Kojima.
There would have also been a Chicken Run Tactical Espionage Action game and an Arthur Christmas Tactical Espionage Operations game produced (but not directed by) Hideo Kojima alongside a What's Up With Everyone visual novel/interactive movie also produced by Kojima.
Lastly, there would have been a Shaun the Sheep platformer and a Rex the Runt point-and-click adventure by CD Projekt Red.
It kinda makes sense, since Hideo Kojima is an admitted fan of Aardman.
"A new Wallace and Gromit movie due in 2024..."
You buried the lede.
I know they're making a 3D game, but wouldn't it be cool if they made a 2D platformer like Donkey Kong Country, with images of the claymation models? Even just 3D models that look like clay would be cool.
@nofriendo The Neverhood was amazing. Their is a spiritual successor on the Wii U called Amikrog.
@crimsontadpoles I’m a little worried that it won’t be the same without Peter Sallis though!
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