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Today’s Spotlight is Heaven’s Vault, a new sci-fi adventure game from Inkle, the developers of 80 Days.
You play as Aliya Elasra, an archeologist exploring Nebula, a region on the very edges of known space. After a famed roboticist goes missing in the area, Aliya sets out to find them, and unwittingly begins walking down a path that will unravel the mysteries of the Heaven’s Vault.
Much like 80 Days, Heaven’s Vault is presented in a “choose your own adventure” format, with a branching narrative based on your choices and the conversations you have with the people you encounter. You’ll also find yourself translating the hieroglyphics of an ancient civilization to solve puzzles. You can check out the launch trailer above.
Heaven’s Vault is available on Windows PC (via Steam) and PS4 for $24.99, and it just received a free demo.
Here’s a rundown of the game:
Aliya Elasra is an archaeologist, exploring a strange region of space called the Nebula with her robot sidekick Six, hoping to uncover the secrets of the long-forgotten past. When a roboticist from the University of Iox goes missing, Aliya begins a trail of discoveries that will lead to the very edge of her world – and the ancient secret of Heaven’s Vault.
Sail an open-world of fast flowing space-rivers, discover lost ruins, explore ancient sites, find artefacts and translate their strange hieroglyphics. Piece together the history of the world and an entire ancient language.
From the creators of massively-branching interactive adventure 80 Days, Heaven’s Vault is not your usual linear adventure game. Progress through the game in any order you choose – the game’s fully adaptive narrative remembers every choice you make, every discovery and every action you take, influencing what happens next. Meet a diverse cast of characters who remember everything you say, and who’s attitude to you will change with how you act. Some are friendly, some are cautious, and some are out to trick you.
Who will you trust? What will you find? What will you learn? What will you risk? What will you lose?
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