1 IN 5 BRITS DON’T KNOW WHEN WWI BEGAN
9th November, 2018 – Richmond, UK: With First World War commemorations taking place across the UK, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe has commissioned a survey to find out how much the nation knows about the Great War.
The research of 2,000 people revealed that a fifth (20%) of people do not know which year the war begun or the year in which it ended (20%). Additionally, over a quarter (28%) of people can’t name the Battle of the Somme as a key event during the global conflict.
Just under half (49%) of people know that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was one of the major causes of WWI.
The poppy as the national symbol of Remembrance is also incredibly important to Great Britain, yet nearly a third (30%) don’t know that the symbol comes from John McCrae’s now famous poem 'In Flanders Fields' - inspired by poppies growing across battle-scarred fields.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment UK PR and Marketing Director, Lee Kirton said, “Working on 11-11: MEMORIES RETOLD was a passion project for us. We wanted to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and allow gamers to experience the heartbreak and difficult decisions that had to be made. We hope through the power of the game we can help a new audience discover more about the history and the importance of WWI.”
Developed by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, Aardman and DigixArt, 11-11: MEMORIES RETOLD is an emotional adventure designed to retell the stories of life on both sides of the front lines 100 years ago. Players will control both Harry, a young Canadian photographer who has joined the war effort searching for adventure, and Kurt, a German engineer searching for his missing son. The world is brought to life through a unique painterly style, whilst the combined voice acting talents of Elijah Wood and Sebastian Koch as Harry and Kurt, and an orchestral score from composer Olivier Deriviere, guide players through moments of both peace and despair.
The emotional journey starts today. 11-11: MEMORIES RETOLD is out now on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe please visit:
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About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S. part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc. is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content for platforms including all major video game consoles, PC and mobile. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN™, TEKKEN™, SOULCALIBUR™, DARK SOULS™, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball, GALAGA™, RIDGE RACER™ and ACE COMBAT™. For more information please visit www.bandainamcoent.eu . All the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment products are available on the official store https://store.bandainamcoent.eu
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, series, advertising and games for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award-winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercial productions.
DigixArt is a video game development studio founded in 2015 in Montpellier, South of France. It's located in the famous innovation incubator Cap Omega. Its ambition is to offer meaningful and innovative gaming experiences to a wide audience. After the success of the first game Lost in Harmony™ in 2016, the team is bringing its experience to a second project on HD platforms. For more information about DigixArt please visit http://www.digixart.com/.
About War Child
WarChild is a charity that supports children and young people affected by war and works towards a world in which no child’s life is torn apart by military conflict. By strengthening the bonds between communities and family, WarChild works for a future where children around the world can live as children again. For more information please visit http://www.warchild.org/.