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'Valiant Hearts' aims to bring art and the history of war together

We've seen countless video games depict World War II in a number of ways, though the Great War that preceded it has gone largely untouched by that entertainment medium. Ubisoft is aiming to change that with Valiant Hearts, which was given a new trailer during the company's E3 press conference earlier this evening. The game will follow four different heroes as they struggle to survive the harsh trials of war, their stories intertwining throughout the game.

Anna is only one of the many heroes of the Great War.
Anna is only one of the many heroes of the Great War.
Photo courtesy of Ubisoft, used with permission

The story itself will be told through the game's simplistic comic book art style, which is powered by Ubisoft's UbiArt Framework, the same engine responsible for gorgeous titles like Rayman Legends and Child of Light. The style doesn't seem to detract from the game's tone, however, which appears to be quite somber from the footage that has been released so far. The trailer itself shows each of the game's main characters, who range from farmers that were stolen from their every day lives so they could fight in the war, to brave medics that saved lives without needing to fire a single bullet. Their companion dog, Walt is shown wandering the war-torn landscape before finally resting his head on a massive field of graves. The whole video is dark, beautiful and full of a unique spirit that pays tribute to history in a way that Ubisoft's own Assassin's Creed franchise has never managed to.

The trailer's YouTube description refers to the game as a story of crossed destinies and unsung heroes that are drawn together through the friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy that befall each one. We look forward to seeing how Valiant Hearts will handle the subject of war differently than video games we've seen in the past. The game is expected to launch for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on June 25th.