Heaven's Vault is an open world adventure game for AND, PS4, etc., alluding in character to the literary genre of the graphic novel. The British independent inkle Ltd studio, responsible for it, has already been introduced to the gaming community through the 80 Days Steampunk Text Adventure and the Sorcery Feature Series! Their next work invites us to the original world of science fiction, strongly inspired by the culture and art of the Islamic world. Created by the British, the universe offers a similar mix of advanced technology and Middle Eastern colour to the cult Homeworld and Dune series.
The game itself draws inspiration from various literary works, film productions and historical sources. According to the authors' declarations, the greatest influence on their work had the works of writers Raymond Chandler and Gene Wolfe, graphic novels by Möebius and Hergé, as well as the adventures of the protagonists of the Stargate series and Indiana Jones.
Action Heaven's Vault takes place in The Nebula - a mysterious corner of space, where a series of moons is connected by a network of bizarre rivers. Streams of water and air connect distant worlds, where small population groups lead their lives. Despite having access to advanced technology such as intelligent robots and holographic displays, the inhabitants of the Nebula know surprisingly little about their peculiar home. The circumstances of the creation of an interstellar structure are also based on a mystery.
The truth about the origins of the Nebula can be hidden in the ancient ruins scattered here and there, whose research is done by the main character of the game - Aliya "El" Elasra. A fearless archaeologist, together with her worker's assistant named Six, searches the remains of ancient civilizations in the hope of finding the truth about the past. The news carries that somewhere among the oldest worlds of the Nebula there is an answer to all questions - finding this answer becomes the goal of the duo of heroes.
From a mechanical point of view, Heaven's Vault does not deviate too much from the standards of the adventure game genre, at the same time enriching it with its own ideas and solutions. The essence of the game is the exploration of further worlds of the Nebula and the exploration of their ruins and other remains. The key mechanic for discovering ancient secrets is the decryption of texts written in long forgotten languages. Knowledge of ancient words and expressions enables us to understand useful tips and gain valuable information.
Although the heroine's specialty is the analysis of ancient artifacts, it would be a mistake to say that the time spent with Heaven's Vault only consists of traversing deserted, dusty chambers. In addition to exploration, the second important element of the game is to interact with numerous NPCs that we have the opportunity to meet during the journey. It is worth noting that both conversations and decisions have a clear impact on the game world - the inhabitants of the Nebula remember our words and deeds, and even base their attitude towards us on them.
Heaven's Vault's unique visual setting is one of the most important elements of this production. The idea was to create a graphic style, which would make the look of the game as similar as possible to the illustrations found on the graphic novel cards. The developers achieved this goal by placing hand-drawn 2D characters in appropriately styled 3D environments. The popular Unity 3D engine was used to place the game on the AND, PS4 platform, etc. platform. Just like creating 80 Days and Sorcery! The members of inkle and this time they decided to use their own language of tags called ink.
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PC / Windows
Minimum: Dual Core, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7850 or better, 5 GB HDD, Windows 7