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New gameplay details in latest 'Valiant Hearts: The Great War' video

French publisher Ubisoft posted a new video Thursday detailing the gameplay and story of "Valiant Hearts: The Great War," the upcoming 2D puzzle adventure game for past and present consoles.

Promotional image for Valiant Hearts: The Great War.
Photo courtesy of Ubisoft, used with permission

Inspired by letters written during the First World War, "Valiant Hearts: The Great War" tells the story of three strangers coming together in the battlefield to help a young German soldier find his love. The game is developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and employs the UbiArt Framework engine created and use for in "Rayman Origins" and "Rayman Legends."

In the second Developer Dairy video, Lead Designer Julien Chevallier, Game and Level Designer Simon Chocquet-Bottan and other developers behind "Valiant Hearts: The Great War" discuss their approach to the game. "Valiant Hearts" itself is story-driven game; mixing the realities of World War I with the fictitious story by Ubisoft Montpellier. The 2D presentation is, as the Developer Dairy video suggests, a living comic book with illustrated visuals and animated panels popping up during gameplay.

A faithful dog companion named Walt will aid each playable character in the game; being the link that ties their individual stories and gameplay segments together. Not only does the character of Walt represents the innocent child-like viewpoint of war, but he will help players solve puzzles, take down enemies, and find hidden collectibles within the game. The focus of Walt is a bit reminiscent of Riley in "Call of Duty: Ghosts," but the use of a trusty canine as a narrative and gameplay tool looks better implemented in "Valiant Hearts" than the mentioned Activision title.

"Valiant Hearts: The Great War" will be available digitally for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC on June 25th. A playable demo of the game will be available at this year's E3 event in the Sony booth and Microsoft booth.

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