Aardman Animations, the U.K.’s most famous animation studio, and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, the regional branch of the Japanese video game titan, are teaming up to develop an entirely new IP.
Details of the project are scarce. It will be interactive and available across multiple media, with Aardman’s “talent in creating characters and worlds” complementing Bandai Namco’s “expertise in publishing and development, to create stories tailored for current and future platforms.” The two companies will approach production partners with development materials early next year.
“As modern storytellers, the formats we create for are fundamentally changing year on year. This creates a space bubbling with potential, the chance to weave worlds with many windows, allowing people to play, watch or even perform with the IPs we create,” said Daniel Efergan, Aardman’s executive creative director of interactive. “But no matter what the format, no matter what the platform, the need for characters to fall in love with, epic universes to explore, and ultimately great storytelling, will always be front and center.”