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eProfits Game of the Week: Valiant Hearts: the Great War

As a videogame setting, World War I has always been in the shadow of its successor. It seems like gamemakers, howev...

eProfits Game of the Week: Valiant Hearts: the Great War
GAME OF THE WEEK

As a videogame setting, World War I has always been in the shadow of its successor. It seems like gamemakers, however, are growing bored by the prospect of an umpteenth run through Omaha Beach and (Brad Pitt voice) “killin’ Nazis,” and they’re finally trying something new.

Imaginative war settings have been popping up at a surprising rate, with upcoming games like This War of Mine and Sunset suggesting a different side of armed combat. Announced with much fanfare at this year’s E3, Ubisoft’s Valiant Hearts exists somewhere in the middle. It’s a story inspired by letters written during the Great War that follows four characters trying to stay alive in the trenches.

 

 

A farmer whisked away to the front, a lovelorn German soldier, a nurse struggling to find meaning in the horrors of war-- we follow these stories in a 2D hand-drawn adventure running on Ubisoft’s UbiArt framework, used to great effect in previous titles including Rayman: Legends and Child of Light.

 

Ubisoft is banking on this game, or it wouldn’t have given it the spotlight at E3. It’s a strange move, given that Valiant Hearts is a relatively small, $15 downloadable title. Still, after garnering accolades across the board with their sleeper hit Child of Light, Ubisoft knows they’ve struck gold with the UbiArt engine.

 

As with Child of Light, we’re expecting a gorgeous (and gorgeously moving) title that challenges genre conventions and delivers, above all, a well-crafted story. The footage we’ve seen so far is more than promising, and we can’t wait to experience these characters’ narratives when Valiant Hearts hits digital stores on June 25th for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the PC.

 

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