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This would not be RPS if I didn’t return from Gamescom and write minimally about the triple A-xtravaganzas and maximumly about smaller, weirder things wot I saw. So here, have at it: my favourite of the independently made games I saw at this year’s show. I flatter myself that the selection is broad enough that it covers genres to suit every taste. Strategy games! Card games! Building games! I haven’t picked all story driven adventure games or RPGs! That’s personal growth on my part, that’s what that is.
Highlights include the one about loneliness, the one about loneliness, and the one about death.
Earlier this year, Furi developer The Game Bakers announced Haven, an RPG about lovers on a lost planet. The description at the time was pretty vague: It's playable alone or in two-player coop, and "the only thing that matters is to stay together." Today the studio revealed a little more about what's coming, including the first-ever gameplay trailer and a rundown of basic gameplay.
"Haven is a story-rich adventure, with touching characters with whom you fall in love as you follow them through their challenges and everyday life. But it’s also a (J)RPG with an innovative combat system that lets you play the two characters at the same time, and chain actions using tactics and timing," The Game Bakers explained in an update on Steam.
"The colorful and dreamy art direction of the light science fiction world of Haven is coming to life thanks to an original electro soundtrack by Danger, with a range of tracks that will carry players from the energy of a sunny morning to the tension of a fight in the mountains at night. Haven is a solo game at its core, but at any time, a second player can jump in locally. Players can then share a moment of exploration and progression together."
The gameplay trailer is lovely and promises an interesting blend of exploration, combat, and sci-fi romance novel, but I still have no clue what it's actually about. It looks to me like a camping trip to the stars, which is fine but not exactly compelling: You go, relax, cook outside, shake off your troubles, and then... what? Throwing down with the local fauna isn't usually on the itinerary and that suggests there's more to this lover's getaway than first meets the eye (as does the tagline, "They escaped to a lost planet to be together"), but what could it be?
A blog post at thegamebakers.com suggests that the camping trip analogy isn't too far off, at least some of the time. It describes Haven as having "a completely different pace" that's suitable for players of all skill levels: "Exploration is designed to create thrill, serenity and satisfaction," while there's a "sensual rhythm" in chained and combined attacks, but "no real stress" on players in battle.
"The story is told through the daily life of Yu and Kay. You cook, eat, sleep with them during their journey. Dialog choices impact what you learn about the story, but may also have long term consequences…" creative director Emeric Thoa wrote.
"Of course, life for Yu and Kay is not always a vacation. Survival is not even their bigger problem. The original soundtrack created by Danger covers this wide range of emotions: the pleasure of waking up on a sunny day surrounded by a beautiful landscape, the dreamlike feeling of being alone in the universe or the tension of being hunted down."
We'll hopefully find out more fairly soon: The developers are holding a Q&A session on Discord on July 17 beginning at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET, and a Haven demo will be playable at PAX West, which will run from August 30 to September 2.
Haven looks like a lovely, chill game, which is exactly The Game Bakers’s stated intent. Veering hard in the opposite direction to their intense boss-rush shoot ‘o brawler Furi, Haven is a scenic and soft-looking RPG about a young couple that fled to an alien world to be together. While previously little more than a name and a short teaser trailer, the developers are now eager to talk about it, and let us see a little bit of it in motion. They’re open about their inspirations, talking about them in this blog post. Below, a trailer showing off what they describe as “Journey meets Persona“.
Furi developer The Game Bakers has shared the first gameplay trailer, and offered new details, for its gorgeous, romantically inclined space adventure, Haven.
Described as game "about everyday love, rebelling against the rules and also, food", Haven follows the tribulation of a pair of lovers - Yu and Kay - as they attempt to survive on a lost planet. It's a solo experience "at its core", but co-op is both supported and encouraged, with Haven's Steam page suggesting that players might wish to play the game "with a special someone".
When we last saw Haven, in an early tease, details were rather light, and it was left to the game's striking visuals and glorious music to impress.
Developer The Game Bakers, responsible for 2016's gloriously psychedelic arcade boss-rush adventure Furi, has unveiled its next project, Haven.
According to the developer, Haven is an adventure RPG "about everyday love, rebelling against the rules and also, food". It's designed to be played "solo or with a special someone", and there's certainly an unavoidable air of romance around the whole endeavour. "Play as two lovers who escaped to a lost planet," explains Haven's Steam page, "The only thing that matters is to stay together".
Haven's teaser trailer is equally emotive, showing our lovebirds drifting serenely across a vibrantly hued landscape before stopping for a quick snog beneath striking skies:
Haven is the next from The Game Bakers, creators of frantic bullet hell hack n’ slasher Furi – so far, it looks like a much gentler ride than its intense predecessor. Due next year, it’s an RPG that can be played solo or with a “special someone”, about a couple who have fled to an alien world to be together. There’s not much to see of it yet beyond some lovely, scenic screenshots and a short teaser trailer below, but I can’t deny that I’m digging the aesthetic, and hope to play this one with my significant other. Have a quick peek at the romantic alien landscapes below.