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We Happy Few Finally Approved for Release in Australia

07 July 2018

We are the happy few now.

Previously, Compulsion Games' We Happy Few was denied classification for release in Australian by the Australian Classification Review Board.

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While this does technically "reward" players for using the drug, We Happy Few actually seems to have a message of anti-drug use.

In the game, players take the drug "Joy" to blend in with the rest of society, and escape its horrors. "In this context, our game's overarching social commentary is no different than Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, or Terry Gilliam's Brazil". Australia has a long history with game bans and cutting content, so it's nice to see We Happy Few unbanned. With Kickstarter involved in the game's funding, that would've been a whole mess. The core loop of the game is to resist taking the drug and fight the oppression. The drug use appears to have been the sticking point in the Board's original decision to refuse the game for classification.

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The rating was awarded with additional consumer advice in the form of warnings that it does contain "fantasy violence and interactive drug use". Now, with the decision to award an R 18+ classification, "We Happy Few" can be sold in-stores.

We Happy Few will release worldwide on 10 August 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That's a big deal, as other big-name games like Call of Duty: WWII, Saints Row IV, and South Park: The Stick of Truth were all edited to make it through the classification process in Australia. Does We Happy Few releasing in Australia fill you with, ahem, Joy?

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We Happy Few Finally Approved for Release in Australia