Posted By Shaun K. about 3 months ago
A few days back a leaked image revealed the titles and logos for a number of new Ubisoft games. Easily the most mysterious of these was the one titled Valiant Hearts: The Great War and I am not sure what I was expecting from the game, but this was certainly not it. That is by no means a bad thing. As it turns out, Valiant Hearts is in fact a 2D adventure game with stealth elements that is set during none other than World War I and even based on real letters taken from that time period.
The game is described by Ubisoft thus: “Solve puzzles and sneak through enemy lines while doing your best to stay alive. Each of the five playable characters (including the lovelorn German soldier) work alongside the same faithful canine companion at different times, all trying to survive in the trenches while doing their best to hold onto their humanity in the face of loss and tragedy.” Much like the just detailed Child of Light, the game is being developed using the UbiArt Framework engine employed for Rayman Legends and Origins and by the team at Ubisoft Montpellier responsible for developing those titles to boot. So you know the game is going to play great and look gorgeous and indeed Valiant Hearts will feature a highly stylized cartoon-inspired visual style.
However this does not mean that the game will be pulling any punches in terms of the darkness and monstrous loss of life surrounding the trench warfare of WWI. There looks to be no sugar coating of the horrors of war here although the game will still include some humor and lighter elements to help balance out its seemingly heavy subject matter. This should make for a fascinating juxtaposition and along with its fairly underutilized setting in terms of video games, Valiant Hearts is looking like it has real potential to be a truly memorable title indeed. A reveal trailer along with a set of newly released screenshots for the game can be found below.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War is being aimed for release as a download only title in 2014 on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of this and other games and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.