Yoan Fanise spent 14 years working at Ubisoft, and during that time—some of which was spent working on the blockbuster series the company is famous for—he was also somehow able to release one of the smallest, bravest games we've ever seen from a major publisher.
We've got the first trailer for Valiant Hearts, Ubisoft's fantastic game about World War I, with its own distinct visual style and powerful narration and music. Now, what if we take this visual style, and substitute it for Minecraft? Surprisingly, it works. Kinda.
Valiant Hearts is a wonderful story trapped inside a video game.
Valiant Hearts used to be sneaking up on us, but the WW1 game just hit the prime time with a spot during Ubisoft's E3 conference. And doesn't it just look lovely.
Used to be that we'd get loads of war games based on World War II. Despite being an ugly conflict full of large-scale action and human drama, World War I never got as much consideration from video game creators. Valiant Hearts is going there, and it's going to look damned pretty in doing so.
Kirk got to see it briefly last year, but between then and now, I'd forgotten all about Valiant Hearts. I am an idiot.
"We're adding a dog to Call of Duty," they said. "It'll be really cool." And we assumed they meant it; we assumed the dog would be cool. Little did we know the dog would be this cool.
Everyone, meet Valiant Hearts. Valiant Hearts, meet everyone. I think you guys are gonna get along pretty well.