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Valiant Hearts: The Great War tells a World War 1 story about five people and a dog

Ubisoft have let loose the games hose at their Digital Days event in Paris. As well as announcing an unexpectedly HD'd re-release of Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation , they've also revealed a couple of new games that continue their experiments with smaller-budget, digital only releases. And, if you're looking for experimental, Valiant Hearts: The Great War ticks a lot of the right boxes. It's an exploration driven adventure set during the first World War, which tells the story of five characters and a dog.

The cast is comprised of a French POW, an American volunteer, a Belgian combat medic, a British pilot and a German infantryman. Also, the dog: affiliation unknown. That dog will link the five characters through the course of the story, which will apparently be told in a non-linear fashion.

The game is being created using Rayman's UbiArt framework. Despite sharing a stylistic 2D look, Valiant Hearts is unlikely to be a vibrant side-scrolling platformer. Instead, Ubisoft are teasing a mixture of exploration, puzzles and adventure.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is due out next year.

Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.