Trench Gamefare — Valiant Hearts: The Great War

It’s as if someone slipped the old “artistic endeavor” mickey into Ubisoft’s drink. How else do you explain Valiant Hearts: The Great War? While the name would suggest yet another FPS, it’s actually a mature, anti-war, story-driven adventure game designed to look like a hand-drawn animated comic book. It’s also inspired by real letters written by soldiers mired in the trenches of World War I. I can already feel the tug on my heart strings.

If it seems like the gaming news is flooded with all things Ubisoft this morning (AC: Liberation HD, Child of Light), that’s because the publisher just had a presser revealing its newest digital projects. Last but not least on the list is Valiant Hearts: The Great War. In it, players will become a French prisoner of war, an American volunteer, a Belgian nurse, and an English pilot, all of whom are tied together by a single dog who I already want to give a loving scratch behind the ears. Along with their personal stories, we’ll also be given a core objective: help a German soldier (who we’ll also be playing as) return to his love. Just writing that description makes me shake my head. I can’t believe Ubisoft green lit this project. And I can’t wait to play it.

Ubisoft Montpelier is at the helm, and Valiant Hearts: The Great war is being developed for current and next gen consoles as well as PC. Release date is TBA 2014. Check the announcement trailer for a first look:

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