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    IGF-winning archeology game Heaven’s Vault out now on Nintendo Switch

    Inkle announces that the archaeological narrative game Heaven’s Vault, with a massive branching storyline and an entire ancient language to decipher, is now available on Nintendo Switch for $17.99 / £14.99 / €15.99.

    A Lost Language Reveals a Buried Past Set in a strange region of space called the Nebula, Heaven’s Vault is a vast and incredibly flexible narrative game that shapes its story around your every decision. You are archaeologist Aliya Elasra, on a mission with your robot assistant Six to track down a missing roboticist who left a trail of ancient relics in his wake. Sail to the very edge of Aliya’s world to solve a historical mystery that can only be understood by translating the long-lost language of her ancestors — a massive linguistic puzzle that will reveal the region’s earliest secrets, if you can crack it.

    Story 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. Gameplay 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?

    • Explore ancient sites, discover lost ruins
    • Find artefacts and translate their strange hieroglyphics
    • Sail an open-world of fast-flowing space-rivers
    • Piece together the history of the world and an entire ancient language
    • Diverse cast of characters that remember everything you say Translate Ancient Hieroglyphs An entire ancient hieroglyphic language awaits to be deciphered.

    A puzzle mechanic with a twist: solutions are narratively significant and further the story – but the wrong translation might send you down the wrong track!

    Industry-leading narrative engine Powered by the ink engine, the narrative technology behind 80 Days, Sorcery!, NeoCab, Sable, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine and many more, Heaven’s Vault is a dynamically constructed adventure game that responds to every move you make.

    Following its initial PC and PS4 release, Heaven’s Vault won the IGF’s Excellence in Narrative award and was recognized by the New Yorker, BAFTA, Mashable, Paste,, and others as one of 2019’s best games.

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