Heaven’s Vault: Where Gaming, Archaeology, and Translation Collide

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Ever daydreamed about exploring ancient ruins and deciphering a long-forgotten language? If so, indie game developer Inkle Studios has just the game for you!

In Inkle’s upcoming open-world adventure game, Heaven’s Vault, players will guide archaeologist Aliya Elasra (voiced by Gem Carmella) and her robot sidekick Six through The Nebula, an ancient network of scattered moons, where they will slowly uncover the secrets of the region’s colourful past.

Language lovers will no doubt be drawn to the game’s unique puzzle mechanic, one which will allow them to decipher the ancient hieroglyphic inscriptions Aliya comes across during her search for a missing roboticist. These inscriptions will provide vital clues needed to continue with your adventure and even shape the way Aliya views the forgotten history around her. But a word of caution: Mistranslations can send you down the wrong path, so choose your translations wisely!

You can expect a review of Heaven’s Vault on this site in the not-too-distant future. For now, if you’re curious to learn more about the game’s development or its portrayal of archaeology and archaeologists, check out Archaeogaming’s interview with the game’s narrative director, Jon Ingold.


Heaven’s Vault will be out on April 16, 2019, and will be available for PC and PS4. For more information about this fascinating game, visit the Inkle site or follow the official Heaven’s Vault Twitter account.

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