Now that Child of Light is out in the wild, Ubisoft can focus on its other 2D UbiArt Framew0rk project, Valiant Hearts: The Great War. Both games were announced at the same time, but this World War I story has taken the back seat while Ubisoft hyped its RPG sibling, but now it’s its turn to shine.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War uses the same gorgeous 2D engine which powers Rayman Legends and Child of Light, but tells a much more engaging and serious tale. Take control of four characters as they approach a time of great upheaval during World War I from all sides and viewpoints. Tragedy, love, sacrifice, even comical stories connect these individual tales, but the only relation each of these humans share is a dog who each stumbles across during their journeys.
Rayman Legends Studio Ubisoft Montpelier is well underway with development. While it might be best known for its ridiculously silly character platformers, keep in mind that these are also the guys responsible for the unamtachable Beyond Good & Evil. They definitely have the storytelling chops to tell an emotional war story, something Infinity Ward and DICE have yet to accomplish in spite of all their successes.
Both Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends were big hits for the UbiArt Framework Engine, but now that Child of Light has gained a massive round of positive support, hopefully Valiant Hearts: The Great War will do the same. If all four prove successful enough, Ubisoft will surely find it in themselves to make a few more indie inspired gems like these wonderful games.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War will be released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on June 25, and it will be $14.99 upon arrival, just like Child of Light.