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Heaven's Vault Created its Own Language For Players to Explore

 - Apr 6, 2018
References: inklestudios & theverge
At first glance, Heaven's Vault appears to be a typical video game. Players take control of a woman named Aliya Elasra, accompanied by her robot Six, and set off on a adventure that features the exploration of several moons that once housed and ancient civilization. The concept sounds fairly cut-and-dry, but the game is actually incredibly innovative as players won't be facing combat with aliens. Instead, players will be tasked with decoding and translating the words and messages left behind by ancient alien civilizations.

A language was actually created for the game and features around 1,000 words. The developers, inkle, describe the language as "logically constructed," with each symbol being carefully construed and strung together without any randomness. The language created for Heaven's Vault was constructed from other image-heavy languages such as Chinese and German, with smaller words often being combined to create a larger concept.