It's been a busy month for Canadian developer Compulsion Games and their upcoming game We Happy Few. With the news that Compulsion has been acquired by Microsoft, as well as the announcement of the game's release date and a new trailer, it's easy to forget that it was refused classification in Australia not that long ago, meaning it could not be sold in the country. Fortunately, following an appeal from Compulsion and publisher Gearbox, We Happy Few has now been rated R 18+ and can now be sold Down Under!
Reviewed by a three-member panel of the Classification Review Board, they unanimously decided that We Happy Few should be rated R 18+ with the consumer advice that the game will include "fantasy violence and interactive drug use", and that the impact of "classifiable elements" — the interactive drug use, in this specific case — was high, but no greater than that.
The folks at Compulsion Games were naturally delighted with the news, and provided a statement thanking everyone involved, including those who contacted the Review Board and sent the team messages of support.
After considering our appeal to get We Happy Few reviewed for classification, the Australian Classification Review Board has decided to allow the release of We Happy Few in Australia!We Happy Few will launch across the world on August 10th.
We went to a great deal of effort to get this decision overturned. We Happy Few will be rated R18+ in Australia.
We are extremely pleased with the decision of the board and excited that our Australian fans and new players will be able to experience We Happy Few without modification.
We want to thank everybody who got involved in the discussion, contacted the board and sent us countless messages of support. Your involvement made a huge difference.
We've got the full list of We Happy Few achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.