Explore the lost ruins of the Nebula, read ancient inscriptions, and uncover a forgotten past in this narrative archaeological science-fiction adventure game from the creators of 80 Days.
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Apr 16, 2019
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May 16

Update - Balancing Tweak, More Ancient

New update to Heaven's Vault is all things that are hard to spot, so here's what you (won't) see on playing:

The big one is the balance: towards the mid-to-late game on some runs, when the map starts to get very broad, we've found the game being a little reluctant to provide the key artefacts that open up new sites to visit. This update tweaks the balance to make key artefacts more frequent if you're looking for somewhere new to explore.

Tl;dr, if in doubt; get a drink with Timor; show your stuff to Tapi; or talk to Huang - we've made them more helpful in tight corners: assuming you can keep them on side, of course...

We've also added:

- more words of Ancient, and some more long phrases, particularly for those into their third / fourth runs

- lots and lots and lots of little story fixes, polish, and specifics. Thanks to everyone who emailed in!

Meanwhile, here's the Guardian naming Heaven's Vault as it's Game of the Month for April:

"...a game of quietly forceful consequence.... the way Heaven’s Vault builds its sense of meaning and magnitude will stay with you far longer than the latest apocalyptic zombie-popper."
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May 9

Livestream happening here - new Demo out now!

As part of LudoNarrativeCon happening right here on Steam this weekend, we'll be hosting a live stream here on Steam, playing the game and talking about its design and secrets. Come join us at 10am-1pm Pacific Time on Friday!

And if you can't wait that long, why not check out our new free demo, with sees Aliya and Six exploring the mysterious ruins of the Withering Palace...

Otherwise, why not check out this new review from Paste that calls the game "remarkable" and "astonishing"...

Heaven’s Vault also has an astonishing level of self awareness given its subject material. As an academic study, archaeology is rife with colonialist narratives, and the game manages to subvert that by using it not as a means to exploit another culture, but rather, to inform the deductive reasoning skills needed to investigate and dismantle an existing power structure. The game also tackles a lot of related subjects, from capitalism and labor issues, to disability, slavery, free will, conspicuous wealth, interventionism, complicity, privilege, tech-enabled exploitation, and ethical resource allocation. And it does so in a way that is not designed to always make the player feel comfortable. In that sense, Heaven’s Vault actually contradicts a lot of what I learned in anthropology class, despite how authentic the linguistic decoding process may seem.

(But if that seems too serious, here's the Yogcast instead.)
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Reviews

“Heaven's Vault is a piece of interactive storytelling that drops you into a dense mesh of narrative choices. The whole thing's as intricate and inter-connected, perhaps, as one of the tiled abstract patterns that decorate the walls and doorways of the game's Middle-Eastern and North-African-inspired environments... This thing is a wonder.”
Recommended – Eurogamer

“This science fiction adventure is a very exciting thing indeed. It’s a game about exploring the past, in the future, through archaeology and translation, and it has a remarkable sense of wonder... What Inkle have achieved in Heaven’s Vault is tremendous. I don’t know what to compare it to, because there isn’t anything.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Exquisite... Heaven's Vault does a beautiful job of letting you unlock a language, and thus a dialogue of sorts, with the past, via a wonderfully engaging protagonist.”
88 – PC Gamer

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About This 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.

"One of the most well-realized video game worlds ever, with your curiosity and personality molding your story through the Nebula" - USGamer

"Heaven’s Vault is both ambitious and beautiful. It conjures a world rich with life... I don’t hesitate to recommend Heaven’s Vault." - Game Informer

"Heaven's Vault is one of the most enthralling narrative-driven adventure games I've played" - Wired

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?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7850, 2+ Gb of vram
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Not recommended for Intel HD GPUs

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