Yu is a hot-headed mechanic while Kay is a cautious biologist. Describing Haven‘s two playable characters is relatively simple, much like their story – that of a heterosexual couple who escapes to an unknown planet so that they might be able to defy the odds and stay together. Relatively simple until the recently released Couple Update, that is, as this patch mixes things up in a great way: players now have the option of instead experiencing the story through the lens of two same-gender lovers. There’s more to it than character design changes too. So darn groovy.
Now, whether you chose to play as a male/male, female/female, or male/female couple in Haven… doesn’t matter, as far as the overarching story goes, and personalities won’t differ either. That said, “their design, models, art, animations, quite a few lines, and of course, their voices” will vary. Is that enough to please everyone? Probably not, although I for one am quite pleased with what this brings and for free no less. Don’t forget about that part. This is not a piece of premium DLC – it’s a content patch.
It could feel like a small change, but Haven being a game about the freedom to love whomever you want, we’re really happy to provide more ways for players to identify with our precious couple.
Oh, for those unfamiliar with Haven: in this case, ‘two playable characters’ does not mean the player is forced to make a decision upon starting a new save, as they will in fact be controlling both characters; unless someone else picks up a controller to join them in local co-op, that is. Who’ll be the hot-headed mechanic, leaving the other person to pick the cautious biologist? At least now, character choice is no longer defined by gender, which is a very welcome addition.
(Sources: Haven Update: Meet the new Yu and Kay and Freedom to love: Choose the Yu and Kay you want to play as)
Haven (and its Couple Update) is available on Switch, PlayStation 4/5, Steam, GOG.com, Epic Store, Xbox One/Series X|S.