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Heaven's Vault

Heaven's Vault review

The word for hope looks a lot like the word for dream

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2 weeks ago

A Short Hike wins the IGF Grand Prize

While the Game Developers Conference is not happening this week, postponed by Covid-19 health concerns, its two big awards shows went ahead on livestream. The vile waterfowl of Untitled Goose Game ran off with the Game Of The Year Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards, and the chill A Short Hike scooped the Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival Awards. A Short Hike…

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2 months ago

Inkle Studios’ next game is an Arthurian story

Early this month, the studio behind the archaeological language adventure Heaven's Vault tweeted out seven words teasing their next project. At the time, the story-focused Inkle Studios had only this to share: "swords, anguish, Britain, unrequited, forests, hope, and revenge." As of today we've still got no imagery to go with all the teasing but we do have some more words and they're much less…

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3 months ago

Heaven’s Vault developers tease their next game with seven words

Swords, anguish, Britain, unrequited, forests, hope, and revenge are seven words that apparently relate to the next game by Heaven's Vault developers Inkle Studios. Most game studios would post a teaser video or a cute gif to showcase what they'll be working on next but Inkle is all about words so this seems plenty fitting.

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Feature: A good year for games

Our PC Games of the Year 2019

2019 was a great year for PC games - aren't they all? - but you might not yet know what the very best PC games of 2019 were. Let us help you.

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Feature: The best games in the whole wide world

The 32 best PC games that demand to be played in ultrawide

There's an old saying in gaming monitor circles that once you've gone ultrawide, there's no going back. Indeed, having had the vast Samsung CRG9 hogging my desk for a bit last month, I'm inclined to agree. But what do games actually look like on a screen this wide? It's one thing looking at lovely wallpapers, but another thing entirely to have a game occupy your…

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9 months ago

GOG now selling Heaven’s Vault, having previously rejected it

Seeing as DRM is a real barrier to the preservation of our cultural history, it's only fitting that the dead-language-translating archaeology 'em up Heaven's Vault is now sold on GOG too. The virtual vendors of vintage (and virgin) video games had originally rejected Heaven's Vault and declined to stock it, but this week chucked a uey and admitted they were wrong. If you want it…

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Feature: Our favourites thus far

Our favourite games of 2019 so far

Summer. The heat age. Scorch season. Spring's hangover. It's the mid-point of the year and you know what that means. No, not "mojito time", Geoff, put those away. It's time we told you what the best games of the year are so far. There are quite a lot of them. Just look how many videogames have escaped from their developers in the past six months…

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11 months ago

Feature: Listen now and make some pals

Podcast: The strongest friendships in games

 You’re a good person, reader, and I will always believe in you, no matter what. No, not you. The person behind you. No, to the left of... No, the other person. The one in the green-- No, you, with the... NO. The person BEHIND you, I said. The person with-- Oh great they’ve walked off now. This whole thing has been a waste of…

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Peek at Heaven’s Vault in its free demo

"Do the rivers unite us, or do they divide us?" I've translated my way through a good chunk of Heaven's Vault, and I keep coming back to that question. I found the relevant statement on an urn, I think, amidst some ruins on the bank of a celestial river. My grasp on the ancient language has lent me confidence about every word, except the most…

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Heaven’s Vault adds better fast travel to your sky-boat

Do you speak the old language? No, not High Valyrian, get away from me. I mean Ancient, the mysterious language of archeological adventure game Heaven’s Vault. It is very cool. The word "sky" translates to "star-place". The word for “traitor” is “person-who-does-not-truth”. That’s wonderful. Less wonderful are the game’s niggles and annoying quirks, the kind that Alice B pointed out in her Heaven’s Vault review.…

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Heaven’s Vault’s history doubles as a helpful reminder of what you were up to

This week I’ve been exploring the nebula of Heaven’s Vault, but, like so many of the translations protagonist Aliya is trying to untangle, my playtime has been fragmentary. Picking through in half-hour chunks, I’ve become very appreciative of how the game preserves its own history. Loading up will give you a short but specific reminder of what you were up to before, and for more…

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12 months ago

Feature: The word for hope looks a lot like the word for dream

Heaven’s Vault review

Even though I went to a grubby comp, I did Latin at school, and in one of the first exams I translated the word ‘taberna’ as ‘small shop’. This is technically correct. I doggedly translated a story where Caecillius declares to his wife Metella that he wants to go down the little shop, and Metella is all like “You’re always going down the little shop,…

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80 Days devs Inkle have opened Heaven’s Vault

Sail the rivers between moons and planets, explore ancient ruins and bustling towns alike, and learn a lost ancient language in Heaven's Vault, out now. The sci-fi archaeology adventure is the latest game from Inkle, the studio behind the excellent 80 Days, and that's enough to make me buy it. Hold on a sec. Okay, done. For realsies. Lovely. Alice Bee is currently writing down…

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Today: watch us play Phoenix Point, Knights and Bikes, Heaven’s Vault & more live from EGX Rezzed

EGX Rezzed 2019 kicks off today: all the best games will be there, and all the best people will be schlepping to London to see 'em. Except you. You're the best person, clearly, but London? No way, mate. Good news! You can watch the RPS video team playing a bunch of the most exciting and/or charming games from the show, live from the comfort of…

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1 year ago

Heaven’s Vault unearths evidence of an April 16th release date

If my translation from Press Release-ese is correct, I believe that sci-fi archaeological adventure Heaven's Vault will launch on April 16th. Probably a little easier than translating alien hieroglyphs, which seems to be the core of Inkle's next story-driven puzzler. Unlike the studio's earlier 80 Days, which was easy-going interactive fiction, this one poses more direct challenges, but will apparently bend its narrative around your…

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Feature: Listen to these echoing gunshots

Podcast: Guns, guns, guns

 Bang bang, listeners. This week we are talking about the greatest guns, the wackiest weapons, the most fabulous firearms, all in a serious and knowing fashion on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. The pod squad are stocking a chest full of videogame firearms, like three frightening quartermasters. Matthew is sequestering a laser pointer from Gears of War, Alice wants the exploding teddy…

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Feature: Words' worth

Heaven’s Vault preview: an ouroboros of wordery

I love words, me. They’re so expressive and weird and can do so much. I think of people who are very good at word-balling as like conductors mixed with magicians. They marshall all these weird squiggles into a specific order that make other people spontaneously feel real feelings, in whatever order they want. Madness! And the origins and cross-pollinations of language, especially one as terrible…

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Heaven’s Vault prepares for a Spring dig in this new trailer

Science-fantasy adventure Heaven's Vault remains one of the most intriguing upcoming games of 2019. It's a game about archaeology - the proper sort, where you rummage around through the artifacts and ruins of civilisations past, and attempt to piece together what it is you're looking at. It's the latest from 80 Days studio Inkle, but this time they're expanding past prose and into the third…

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