Valiant Hearts: The Great War is the latest game from Rayman Legends and ZombiU studio Ubisoft Montpellier. Once again, the studio is using Ubisoft’s powerful UbiArt Framework engine to create an exceptional looking 2D game, and it further shows off a recent trend within Ubisoft to reward its teams with the chance to make personal projects in between its bigger productions.

This obvious nod towards the indie movement has allowed for Valiant Hearts: The Great War to be like nothing else Ubisoft has produced in recent memory. The story follows five soldiers fighting in the trenches of World War I, each representing a different nationality fighting in the war and inspired by real letters sent from the front lines.

These soldiers lives become indirectly intertwined thanks to a German dog who guides them through their struggles during both action and puzzle segments of the game.

Ubisoft Montepellier wants the game to become a success as well as educate the generations who did not experience World War I and its true horrors. With the last of the veterans slowly passing away one at a time, and the 100 year anniversary just around the corner, no time should be better to dive into this dark page of human history.

It’s a beautiful and obviously very personal game on the creator’s part, and it shows a lot of guts on Ubisoft’s part to support projects like this and trust its employees to get their visions done right. Not to mention, the UbiArt Framework engine could be one of the most exciting in the industry right now, keeping the dream of beautiful 2D alive while everyone else moves on to bigger and more grandiose 3D ambitions.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War will be coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2014.