Inkle has made a name for itself in the mobile world with it's branching narrative games. The Sorcery! series wove a tale of blades and blood while 80 Days adapted Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days into a choose-your-own-adventure game. All of these were hailed as some of the finest narrative adventures to be had on mobile with 80 Days garnering Time Magazine's game of the year for 2014. Now, they have announced their first project that will head to the PlayStation 4 which will mark their first foray into the realm of consoles.
Heaven's Vault stars Aliya Elasra, an archaeologist on a quest to translate a long lost language and unlock the secrets of The Nebula, a collection of far-flung moons. With the help of her robo-buddy Six, Aliya and the player are free to navigate through The Nebula and pursue its various mysteries.
The central hook of Heaven's Vault centers on the translation of the alien script. Using context clues in the environment and some imagination, players will be able to come up with a variety of meanings for the symbols they encounter in various ruins across The Nebula. Every interpretation Aliya makes will have consequences, branching the story with each attempt to decipher what significance the ancient ruins might have once held. Inkle has stated that part of the game will be never being sure that your translation is the correct one.
Heaven's Vault will also feature a large cast of characters who react to the different interpretations Aliya makes and also how she interacts with them. These characters are capable of kindness, cruelty, and guile. They'll remember if she's a thief or a liar or if she treats them well.
Heaven's Vault will release on PlayStation 4 and PC sometime later this year.