Heaven's Vault studio Inkle drops a strange message to tease its next project

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Inkle, the interactive narrative studio whose previous games include Sorcery! (opens in new tab), 80 Days (opens in new tab), and Heaven's Vault (opens in new tab), is teasing its next project—in a very distinctly Inkle-like fashion.

Were it not for the fact that Electronic Arts has an exclusive licensing deal with Disney I'd say with solid confidence that Inkle is making a Star Wars game, but since that's off the table, perhaps something Arthurian is in the pipe? The legend of the Round Table fits the words in the list, broadly speaking, and would also be a good match for Inkle's style of illustrated storytelling. Or it could point to a retelling of the legend of Robin Hood: The absence of "bow" is conspicuous, but its inclusion may have been a little too much of a giveaway.

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It could also be "Sabufhr," although that's not actually a word. Inkle said on Twitter that it's the name of a small jellyfish (opens in new tab), but I strongly suspect that's not actually true.

Or maybe it's something else entirely! There's just no way to know. We can be pretty sure it'll be worth paying attention to, though: We selected 80 Days as the best-written game of 2015 (opens in new tab), and described the archaeological mystery game Heaven's Vault as "exquisite" and "absolutely stunning" in our 88% review (opens in new tab). We'll let you know when we know more.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.