One difference with Haven is that it's a relationship in progress. When players join Yu and Kay, their love is already in full bloom. You don't help them fall in love with the right dialogue choice, or participate in the daring escape from their home world. Haven picks up with Yu and Kay contemplating an existential crisis: a future away from everything they've known.
“There is an epic adventure story in Haven, but the real content is the mundane daily life of that young couple in love. And of course, sex is part of that.”
The overtly sextual dialogue got the game into trouble with some ratings agencies, in fact. Japan's conservative CERO ratings board would not greenlight the game without some censorship, according to Thoa, even if the developer agreed to an 18+ rating, which makes it illegal for anyone to purchase the game under the age of 18. CERO continued to say no."It got me pretty upset that we had to censor the Haven for having an healthy and mature representation of love," said Thoa.The team ended up altering the game's dialogue to skirt around the issue, resulting in changes that try to keep the spirit of the eroticism without being so explicit. For example:
Yu: Kay? Do you mind if we switch sides?
Yu: I dunno. I just feel like a change.
Kay: Augh…this is all sticky!
Yu: YEAH! AND WHOSE FAULT IS THAT?
Kay: … [chuckles] I guess I can't really complain.
Yu: Obviously not! That'll teach you to pay attention next time.
At first held tight by his erection, the button doesn't give in…
Until it whispers away.
And then you slip your hand into Kay's underwear…
I couldn't take it off easily, but …
Eventually it succeeded.
And you follow Kay's skin with that finger …