Wow, it's not often that you see offline games get significant updates over a year after their launch, but that's what's happening with Haven. The interesting indie title released in December 2020 for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. It's a pretty unique game, following the somewhat sci-fi story of Yu and Kay — a romantically entwined couple who have fled to a strange planet together.
The title's all about breezy exploration, visual novel-style dialogue, and turn based battles. A weird blend, you might think, but it works well — as noted in our Haven review.
Anyway, Haven has a new update that's available to download right now. It adds the option to play as same-sex couples, which is obviously great for inclusivity. By default, Yu and Kay are female and male, respectively, but you can now opt for a male-male or female-female relationship. Male Yu and female Kay have unique character models, character art, and are both fully voiced, so a sizable amount of work went into this. Developer The Game Bakers says that the game's story remains the same regardless of your choice.
It's also worth pointing out that Haven can be played with a partner or friend through local co-op.
Creative director Emeric Thoa explains the thinking behind this update: "Haven is about the freedom to love whomever you want. From the very early days of conception, we had created several couples for the game, with a diverse range of relationships. But the constraints of our indie team production made us focus on Yu and Kay only. After the game launch, we wanted to go back and work on this update. We hope that many players will feel better represented in the game."