Inkle Studios (80 Days, Sorcery!) are coming up with a new game for 2018 titled Heaven’s Vault, an archaeological adventure set in the distant future. The game will be a narrative and character-driven graphic novel in an open world setting, quite different from their earlier ventures. The game was announced through a PlayStation Blog Post and the announcement trailer featuring some gameplay can be seen below:
About Heaven’s Vault
Heaven’s Vault follows an archaeologist Aliya Elasra, who sails the Nebula with her robot sidekick Six, finding and translating inscriptions written in the lost language of the ancients. This language of the Nebula is based on Glyphs present throughout the game, which can be combined to form words, which then form phrases and fragments, revealing the history of the Nebula. This is a puzzle mechanic, where the words are essential to the narrative. It is possible to wrongly interpret these words, which may give you a wrong idea about a place or artifact.
The game’s progression depends on the choices you make. Each decision taken, including visiting different areas or interacting with characters, has its own consequences. The game boasts a complex set of characters, who have their own motivations and desires.
Mechanics of the Game
The game features an open world map, which allows the player to freely explore the ancient ruins throughout the game. The game’s progression is measured by finding the hidden meaning of the runes, visiting different places and interacting with different characters. While the game contains heavy amount of dialogue, the language based system introduces a puzzle element. This combination of a rich narrative and complex systems has worked for Inkle in the past, with 80 Days’ clever resource management and Sorcery’s RPG rule set. The choices you make in the game also define your character: a thief, an explorer, a detective, a seeker, a savior, a rogue; the possibilities are endless.
The game is set to be released by the end of this year for the PS4 and PC. This will be the studio’s first release on the PS4 console.