Life is Strange: True Colors: Is the town of Haven real?

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Life is Strange: True Colors is set to come out on the 8th and after sitting down and playing the game I absolutely fell in love with it. The game is gorgeous and I grew to care for every single character, whether they were good people or not. It does a perfect job of immersing you in a bizarre town buried in the mountains of Colorado, called Haven.

And while the characters in the game don’t exist in the real world (which is a massive disappointment as I’d love to interview Duckie), it turns out the town absolutely does.

See, by the time I had beaten the game, there was a part of me that really wanted to live in a town like that. Some weird town that looks like if the old west that’s populated with cowboys and hipsters. Sadly, Haven does not exist. But Glen Haven does.

While the buildings are nowhere near as close together, this little town is an absolute parallel. Sadly though, in September of 2013, a massive series of floods decimated the town, wiping out over 80% of its downtown area — so it is possible the parallel was stronger.

Now, I’ll be real, I have not confirmed that this town was the inspiration but I am confident I’m right. Half because the similarities are so strong and half because I’m a headstrong idiot that refuses to be proven wrong.

But, for reference, here’s a picture from Haven in the game.

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Now, here are some shots of the town of Glen Haven.

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It’s honestly stunning. Up until I found this place I had no idea such a place existed. I’m even debating going on vacation at “The Inn of Glen Haven” just to see what it would be like.

I’ll admit that the information is very low on what life is like there but from the pictures, I can confirm that much like Haven in Life is Strange: True Colors, there is one child in the town. I can confirm that they have ice cream, which is always a good sign. They like good aesthetics. Oh, and that if you go down there you have a pretty solid chance of getting waved at by a cowboy who looks like Wilfred Brimley, which is something I’ve always wanted from a road trip.

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But even these two look very similar to characters from the game and…ugh. I want to go to here.

Once you’ve played Life is Strange: True Colors, let me know what you think. Is Haven based on Glen Haven. If you think I’m right, tell me what you’d love to see there. If you think I’m wrong, tell me why you’re bad at being correct. I’m listening!