Last month, the Australian Classification Board — which handles ratings for entertainment sold within the country — refused classification and thus the sale of Compulsion Games’ upcoming title, We Happy Few, deeming that the in-game medicinal “Joy”, that causes the inhabitants of Wellington Wells to remain in a happy/blissfully-ignorant state of mind, classed as “drug misuse”. Naturally the developer raised an appeal to the board and since then, it’s all been up in the air as to whether the game would get a shot on the supposed Aussie shelves.
Well the good news is that after deliberation, Compulsion Games have confirmed that We Happy Few will now be allowed to go on sale in the country. While they haven’t gone into much detail about the appeal, the developers have stated that they “went to a great deal of effort to get this decision overturned”. The game will now have a R18+ rating in Australia. A statement from the board itself reads: “In the Classification Review Board’s opinion, We Happy Few warrants an R18+ classification because the interactive drug use is high in impact. The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the computer game was no greater than high.” This is of course ignoring the fact that players aren’t required to take the previously-mentioned Joy to play the game in that it’s entirely optional as a selectable item.
We Happy Few releases for PS4, Xbox One & PC on August 10.