Last week Ubisoft revealed Valiant Hearts with a trailer that shows an intriguing game about World War 1 that is about the characters, not the fighting.
Last week we saw big news about two of Ubisoft’s IPs that were using their UbiArt engine from Rayman Legends. One was Child of Light, which had been previously announced, and the other was the just announced Valiant Hearts: The Great War. It is a downloadable title that mixes puzzle, adventure and exploration all into one story about five characters in World War 1.
The five main characters in the game are: Emile, a French prisoner of war who was captured early in the war. Freddie, an American volunteer who is always in dangerous situations. Anna, a field medic who is constantly staring into the brutality of war. George, a British pilot who apparently doesn’t know how to fly. Lastly, there is Karl – a German soldier who is in love with Emile’s daughter.
Ubisoft’s producer and audio director for the game, Yoan Fanise, did a video interview with Rock Paper Shotgun to shed some light on Valiant Hearts. When explaining how they wanted to do a different perspective on the war, Fanise said that, “There is no judgement. The war itself is the bad guy of the story. All of those people have no reason to be there and to fight each other.” With Valiant Hearts they won’t be taking any sides, it instead entirely about the characters and how terrible war is.
Most importantly, Fanise explains the dog…sort of. When Rock Paper Shotgun asked them about the dog Fanise said that, “there were 50,000 dogs involved in World War 1. They were used for everything.” He went on to say that the dog is really important and a common link between each character, which doesn’t really explain it all that much, but we will have to find out more later. Check out that whole Valiant Hearts video interview here.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will be coming out sometime in 2014 for PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Hopefully we will get to check out some gameplay soon to see just how they are tackling this interesting concept. Here is the announcement trailer and if you are like me you are going to want to look up a certain pianist/composer named Ludovico Einaudi.