Heaven’s Vault – the sublime sci-fi-tinged archaeological adventure from Inkle, developer of 80 Days, Sorcery and Pendragon – is coming to Nintendo Switch on January 28.
Released on PC and PlayStation 4 to great acclaim last year, Heaven’s Vault tells the story of Aliya Elasra and her robot companion Six, as they explore the mysterious Nebula in search of a missing person and… an ancient civilization.
As with Inkle’s previous offerings, the real star of the series is the wondrous prose, subtly reshaped based on the choices made throughout the adventure. Here though, there’s the added allure of archaeological discovery as players explore the remarkably crafted world, with Heaven’s Vault placing a fascinating emphasis on learning a long-forgotten language – one character at a time – for make sense of the places and relics Aliya encounters on her travels.
“It’s amazing how the design team took something inherently enigmatic and refused to reduce it to a mere puzzle,” Eurogamer’s Christian Donlan wrote in his recommended Heaven’s Vault review. when it was initially released last year. “Language plays and wiggles with nuance. Context, as always, is crucial, and while there are right and wrong answers, the sense of the value of interpretation is never lost. “
So this is another superb release for Inkle, always reliable, and Switch owners will be able to slowly peel back the layers of Aliya’s story-rich adventure when Heaven’s Vault arrives on Nintendo’s platform – with Joy-Con support and touchscreen – early next year. It will be available via the eShop on January 28, priced at £14.99 / €15.99 / $17.99 USD.