Monday, 16 July, 2018

We Happy Few Successfully Appeals Australian Ban, Classified R18+

‘We Happy Few’ Australian Rating Ban Overturned Upon Review We Happy Few will release in Australia after all
Sherri Watson | 07 July, 2018, 04:42

Last week, however, the Classification Board announced that it would reconsider the ruling, and today it revealed that the appeal has been successful. 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).

As previously stated, the main reason why We Happy Few was initially denied classification in Australia was for its depiction of drug use.

We Happy Few is now available on PC and Xbox One via Early Access and Xbox Game Preview respectively, and will officially launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 10.

"We Happy Few" is an upcoming first-person survival adventure game that explores the dystopian city of Wellington Wells. The Board said it considered Australia's Classification Act 1995, the National Classification Scheme, the National Classification Code, and the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games when making its decision to give We Happy Few a classification. 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. "Your involvement made a huge difference".

We Happy Few is the latest video game project to butt heads with Australia's notoriously stringent rating process. PC Players can add the game to their Steam wishlist.