Haven Interview – A Game All About Love and Exploration, From the Makers of Furi
While not a runaway hit, the debut game of French studio The Game Bakers, titled Furi, was received well both by critics (including our Kai) and fans, with an overwhelmingly positive user review score on Steam.
Four years later, the studio is preparing the release of a new game called Haven. However, whereas Furi was all about boss fights, Haven is an entirely different beast. It will be centered on the loving relationship between Yu and Kay, who have decided to elope but now find themselves stranded on a forgotten planet.
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We interviewed Creative Director Emeric Thoa to discuss the new project from the French studio. Haven is set to release this year on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
When trying to explain why you didn't just make a Furi sequel, you mentioned the goal to surprise players and to deliver innovative experiences. Does that mean you're not planning to ever make sequels to your games, as a general rule?
Precisely. Unless it is a game that is thought from scratch as a saga over several games, I don’t think sequels are creatively interesting. And I would even add that, unless your game is a really massive hit, they are not commercially interesting either. They are easy and sometimes cheap because you already have the tools and vision of the game, but they don’t stand out, which is the key to success in such a crowded ...
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