Behind
The Game

The Dev Team

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is led by a small but highly talented team and senior artists, including the audio and art directors of such games as Beyond Good & Evil® and Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, as well as key level designers on Rayman® Origins and Rayman® Legends.
Do you know who the "munitionnettes" were? It was the nickname for the 400,000 women working in weapons factories!
Did you know that the writer Agatha Christie nursed soldiers from 1914 to 1918, in a hospital in Torquay. She attributed her knowledge of poisons to her experience dispensing medicines.
Do you know who the Godmothers of War were? The operation, launched in 1915, transformed letter-writing from personal support of loved ones into an act of patriotism for soldiers on the battlefront.
Did you know that 10 billion letters and postal cards were exchanged during the war? They were the principal means of communication with the homefront, with radio and telephone being used only for military purposes.
Did you know that WW1 soldiers invented an original language? "Trench Slang" is full of nearly 2000 words and expressions.
Did you know that weapons and explosives used in WW1 made so much noise that attacks from artillery barrage and mines in 1917 in Ypres, Belgium could be heard all the way to London, over 200 kilometers away?
Did you know that during WWI, British tanks were initially categorized into “males” and “females.” Male tanks had cannons, while females had heavy machine guns.
Do you know how the word "tank" came to be used? Initially called “landships”, the British decided to code name them “tanks” in order to disguise them as water storage tanks rather than as weapons.
Did you know that more 500,000 pigeons were used during the Great War? Some even received the Ring of Honor, a decoration for services rendered.
Did you know that thousand of dogs served during WW1? Used as messengers, they carried orders to the front lines in capsules attached to their bodies. Dogs were also used as guards, as well as ammunition and gun suppliers.
Did you know that elephants were used during WW1? Since the military purchased most of England's horses and sent them to the Western Front, many farmers and traders had to find alternative beasts of burden, like the exotic elephant.
Did you know that a real, working cello was made from a box of ammunition? The famous soldier-musician Maurice Maréchal, called to the front in 1914, played religious scores on it throughout the Great War.
Did you know that on Christmas Eve of 1914, soldiers on both sides of the Western Front sung carols to each other? On Christmas Day, troops along 2/3 of the Front declared a truce. In some places, the truce lasted a week.
Did you know that wine was distributed to french soldiers every day? Distributed as an important elixir, each soldier received 37.5 CL of wine as daily ration in 1914. The quantity increased to 50 CL in January 1916 and to 75 CL at the beginning of 1918.
Did you know that the famous color "blue horizon", symbolizing the French uniform, was given by the newspaper "L'Illustration" for its similarity to the color of the sky?
Did you know that more than 65 million men from 30 countries fought in WWI and that nearly 10 million of them died? The Allies lost about 6 million soldiers, while the Central Powers lost about 4 million.
Did you know that a trench is 2.5 meters deep ? Trenches were dug in zig-zags to avoid shooting in rows and damage caused by shrapnel.
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was used during WW1 ? Provided with one of the first Wireless Telegraphy equipements, the famous monument received the victory message.

Dev Diary

News from
the Front

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Art & Inspiration No. 10: Marne Taxis

Taxis of the Marne were used to bring troops to the Front. In Valiant Hearts, you can play as the character Anna and drive one of these taxis through harrowing adventures!

07/28/201412:00 AM

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These Valiant Hearts: Karl

Meet Karl, Valiant Hearts' German character: forced to leave his wife and son to fight in the Great War, he is taken prisoner of war and will do all he can to get back to his family.

07/15/201412:00 AM

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These Valiant Hearts: Anna

Meet Anna, a dedicated nurse and one of Valiant Hearts' playable characters, who saves so many lives and keeps pressing on through the Great War.

07/08/201412:00

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Valiant Hearts releases today!

Valiant Hearts releases today on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Uplay and Steam! You can now experience the lives of these unsung heroes during the Great War as you play through this puzzle adventure.

06/25/201412:00

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Art & Inspiration No. 8: Airplanes

Airplanes were vital during the Great War for field reconnaissance. Here, Valiant Hearts' Art Director Paul Tumelaire has illustrated these flying beauties in our latest "Art & Inspiration."

06/20/201412:00

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Dev Diary : History

In our final Dev Diary, the team talks about the wealth of historical features in Valiant Hearts as well as the careful attention paid to historical accuracy and authenticity in the game.

06/19/201412:00 AM

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Valiant Hearts - E3 Trailer

As a special E3 treat, here's our latest trailer for Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

06/10/201412:00

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Dev Diary : Gameplay

In our second Dev Diary, the Valiant Hearts team talks about the gameplay and designing for emotional impact.

06/05/201412:00 AM

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Art & Inspiration No. 7: Pigeon

Animals played an important role during the Great War. About 500,000 pigeons were regularly dropped behind enemy lines and used as couriers.

05/27/201412:00

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Dev Diary: Art & Emotion

In our first Dev Diary: Art & Emotion, the team talks about how Valiant Hearts came to be and what inspired them from the Great War.

05/23/201412:00 AM

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Valiant Hearts Release Date Announced!

We are pleased to announce that #Valiant Hearts: The Great War, the WW1-inspired 2D puzzle-adventure game, will be released on June 25, 2014!

05/07/201401:00 AM

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Valiant Stories Memorabilia Contest Winners Announced!

Please join us in congratulating our Valiant Stories Memorabilia Contest Winners!

05/06/201408:00 AM

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Art & Inspiration No. 6: The Trenches

Trench warfare, synonymous with the First World War, is the subject of this "Art & Inspiration". Here, Valiant Hearts' Art Director Paul Tumelaire takes us into the bleak trenches of Verdun.

05/06/201407:00 AM

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Art & Inspiration No. 5: Dog Soldier

Our trusty canine companion, a key character in Valiant Hearts and inspired by real WW1 dog soldiers, is the subject of this installment of our “Art & Inspiration” series.

05/06/201406:00 AM

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Art & Inspiration No. 4: French Uniform

French uniforms from the beginning of World War I are illustrated here in this fourth edition of our series, "Art & Inspiration".

05/06/201405:00 AM

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Art & Inspiration No. 3: Reims Cathedral

The city of Reims and its majestic cathedral, site of major conflict on the Western Front and a key setting in #Valiant Hearts, are illustrated here by Art Director Paul Tumelaire in this third installment of our series "Art & Inspiration."

05/06/201404:00 AM

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Art & Inspiration No. 2: Dog Tag

The second installment of our "Art & Inspiration" series brings us to the front and into the trenches with this soldier's dog tag from World War I.

05/06/201403:00

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Art & Inspiration No. 1: Locomotive

All aboard for this first edition of our Art & Inspiration series! Valiant Hearts Art Director, Paul Tumelaire, shows us the images that captured his imagination and inspired his in-game creations.

05/06/201402:00 AM

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War - Official Trailer

We’re excited to share with you the debut trailer for Valiant Hearts: The Great War!

05/06/201401:00 AM

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