Valiant Hearts, Pure Pool, and Never Alone coming to Xbox One this year

We usually try to spread our console coverage out a bit since we know some of our readers don’t play console games. But a batch of exciting Xbox One games have been announced within the last day, and that doesn’t fit in the same article as an Elder Scrolls Online delay. So let’s turn those MMO frowns upside down by concentrating on these games that will arrive on Xbox One within the next few months!

First up, Ubisoft will be bringing a striking adventure game called Valiant Hearts: the Great War to Xbox One and 360 on June 25th. Shortly thereafter, VooFoo Studios and Ripstone will release Pure Pool – the first pool game on Xbox One. Jumping forward to Fall, Alaska-based Upper One Games and E-Line Media have a puzzle platformer called Never Alone in store for Xbox One. Details and trailers after the break!

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Ubisoft has produced some terrific and beautiful titles for Xbox One already. At launch they gave us Assassin’s Creed IV and Just Dance 2014, but this year’s games have been the most exciting. I speak of Rayman Legends and the recently released Child of Light, two of the most artistic games around. Both use the UbiArt Framework which brings 2D games to life like no other engine. Valiant Hearts is the latest UbiArt game.

If you like games like Machinarium, you’ll love Valiant Hearts. Yes, Ubisoft is actually publishing an adventure game on consoles. It looks like this one will have an even more melancholy tone than Machinarium, as it tells the story of a broken love in “a world torn apart” by the Great War. We’ll meet four different characters affected by the war (as either participants or bystanders), as well as heir brave and loyal dog. Ubisoft promises themes of friendship, love, sacrifice, and tragedy – and not everyone will survive the War, either.

It’s difficult to tell just how Valiant Hearts will play by looking at screenshots and today’s trailer. Will there be any real action sequences, or will the gameplay consist entirely of performing context-sensitive interactions like older adventure games? But we can see the game has lovely cartoon-style art and a wide palette of colors that will bring its emotional tale to life. I can’t wait!

Valiant Hearts: The Great War will cost $14.99 when it comes to Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and 4, and PC on June 25.

Pure Pool

Developer VooFoo Studios is no stranger to the game of pool; they previously released a pool title called Hustle Kings for Playstation 3 and Vita. They also released a game called Pure Chess on pretty much everything but Microsoft platforms, and see Pure Pool as a continuation of that series. Hey, good to see them working on an Xbox game at last!

Besides the obvious graphical improvements that new-gen consoles make possible, Pure Pool will also tout even better pool physics than its predecessor. Still, it does look nice! The developers claim the game environment creates a living, breathing pool hall. The lived-in atmosphere should appeal to genuine pool fans – many pool games come across as far too sterile in nature.

Pure Pool will also bring some innovative multiplayer features to the pool table. Not only does it feature the online multiplayer you’d expect from a console pool game, it also offers asynchronous multiplayer. The game builds an AI profile based on your play style, and friends can match up against it when you’re not around. And if an opponent drops out during a real-time game, the game will automatically substitute that player’s AI profile in order to keep the game going.

Never Alone

The Xbox One already has a fantastic downloadable puzzle platformer known as Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Never Alone falls in the same genre and should play quite similarly, although the subject matter of the two games couldn’t be farther apart. Instead of a colorful fantasy world, this one takes place in the snowy wastes of Alaska and stars a young Native Alaskan girl named Nuna and her dog Fox.

Players will take Nuna through 8 sprawling chapters set within the Arctic tundra, ice caves, boreal forests, and cliff-built coastal villages of Alaska. Inspired by the folklore of the Iñupiaq people, the story involves traditional Alaska Native folklore characters such as Manslayer, Blizzard Man, Sky People, the Little People, and the Rolling Heads. The unusual setting and characters should make for a refreshing change of pace compared to mainstream games.

Never Alone

Never Alone will also have one of my favorite gaming features: 2-player co-op! When playing on your own, you’ll switch between Nuna and Fox to overcome various obstacles and puzzles. But bring a friend in and each of you can work together to save the tiny pair of heroes. The co-op mode is local-only – pretty much the standard for indie games like this. Will having a local friend along make things easier or harder? We’ll find out when Never Alone arrives on Xbox One, PC, and Playstation 4 sometime this fall!

Are you excited for any of these downloadable games, Xbox One owners?

Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!