Bugbyte continue expanding their in-development spaceship colony sim, Space Haven, with a huge new Alpha release available.
"Embark on a space voyage with your ragtag crew of civilians in search of a new home. Build spaceships tile by tile, create optimal gas conditions, manage the needs and moods of their crew, encounter other space-faring groups, and explore the universe in this spaceship colony simulation."
Two major features have been added to bring it closer to Steam and GOG with Advanced Game Customization and a proper Sandbox Mode. So now, you can really do whatever you want with it. You can also now actually pick what Crew you wish to start with and customize their outfits too, so it's getting a bit more like The Sims in space. Other big additions also came with Alpha 7 including a ton of translations, certain derelict ships can be captured and added to your fleet, there's new bigger ships for various factions and improved background art.
I absolute adore the style of Space Haven! Such wonderful sci-fi visuals. It really gives off a sort-of retro future feel to it, like something out of the Aliens film franchise. All the little moving pieces and blinking lights, it's absolutely gorgeous.
While it's only available for direct purchases (and Kickstarter backers) right now, it will be heading to both GOG and Steam for Early Access. No exact date still but in the latest Kickstarter update, they did say they're still aiming for this year. I'm excited, as it's extremely promising and offers a very different experience to Meeple Station that recently released.