Back in April of this year Heaven's Vault developer Inkle revealed in response to a fan's question that the game would not be on PC marketplace GOG, providing the following message.
"GOG is a curated store; they chose not to take the game."
"We can't get into specifics, but they gave reasons stemming from their experience playing an early build of the game and what they think their audience wants. Which was definitely disappointing—we had been hoping that GOG's adventure game audience would embrace Heaven's Vault, and reaching that audience can make a huge difference to whether or not small studios like ours survive," Inkle co-founder Joe Humfrey explained at the time in an email to PC Gamer. "But the game's doing pretty well on Steam, so no complaints there."
At the time, however, GOG didn't shut the door completely on the game, saying that "we sometimes go back to games that were previously rejected and decide to release them on GOG after another review," and it turns out that this is exactly what they've done with Inkle's tale of an archaeologist uncovering lost secrets.
The game has released on GOG with a 20% discount until July 23, meaning it now costs £17.59 ($19.99 USD, €15.99), and Humfrey spoke again in a press release about the decision:
"Reaching GOG's audience can make a huge difference as to whether a small studio like ours can survive and keep pushing the boundaries of interactive fiction, so we were disappointed not to launch there initially. We're thrilled that the response Heaven's Vault received at launch has led GOG to reconsider it, and we're really happy that it's now joining GOG's fantastic collection of games."
"With Heaven's Vault we've changed our mind after checking the final game, how it was perceived by gamers, and receiving numerous requests from our users suggesting to release it," adds Marcin Traczyk, GOG's Global Communications Manager. "We then reached out to the developers with a proposal to release their game on GOG.com simply because we believe that its high quality and unique character deserves to be recognised and shared with our audience."
What's more is this GOG version includes all of the updates that have arrived since launch earlier this year, including quick travel; an expanded dictionary with new ancient words to translate, providing "up to ten playthroughs' worth of unique content to discover"; new techniques to break down ancient phrases and give players more agency when translating; as well as new dialogue options and story notes.
Are you pleased that GOG reconsidered?