'We Happy Few' Officially Rated by Australian Ratings Board

'We Happy Few' Officially Rated by Australian Ratings Board

We Happy Few is a self-described "game of paranoia and survival, in a drugged-out, dystopian English city in 1964".

Previously, Compulsion Games' We Happy Few was denied classification for release in Australian by the Australian Classification Review Board. "In this context, our game's overarching social commentary is no different than Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, or Terry Gilliam's Brazil".


Gearbox Publishing and Compulsion Games' We Happy Few was denied by the Australian Classification Review Board in May, which meant the game could not release in that region. With Kickstarter involved in the game's funding, that would've been a whole mess. The Board said "the game's drug-use mechanic making game progression less hard constitutes an incentive or reward for drug-use" and was therefore refused classification. We Happy Few is slated to come out on August 10. As part of the game's narrative, ordinary citizens take Joy to suppress their bad memories, but prolonged use of the drug also shuts off their moral inhibitors, turning them into sociopathic Joy-slaves who would happily kill anyone they perceive as "downers" (i.e. those who refuse to take Joy). Anyone over the age of 18 will easily be able to pick up We Happy Few, but should be aware of its "fantasy violence and interactive drug use". The Classification Board went into some detail over how We Happy Few was unbanned. "The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the computer game was no greater than high".

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