Rayman developer's next game is set in WW1 - Valiant Hearts trailer and details revealed

"This is the story of five crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart."

Well this is quite the change of tune. The folk of Ubisoft Montpellier are developing a game set during World War 1, which aims to explore "friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy". This is the same Ubisoft Montpellier that created Rayman: Origins and Rayman: Legends, yes - two of the least tragic, least wartorn games you'll ever play.

The game's down for release in 2014 on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One, runs on the UbiArt engine, and is inspired by letters from the period. "This is the story of five crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart," reads a blurb. "All of them will try to survive the horror of the trenches following their faithful canine companion.


"From the green forests of the French countryside, to dank trenches and snowy fields, go back through history in this emotional adventure as friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy befall each one as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors of war."

The characters in question are a lovesick German soldier, a French prisoner of war, an American volunteer with a knack for getting into trouble, a Belgian nurse and an English pilot who lied about his abilities. You'll be able to play through their stories in any order.

Melancholy stuff. There's the trailer.