[UPDATE] Developer Compulsion Games has now written a blog post in that it pronounced it is undone by a news. In removing denied a classification, that means We Happy Few is effectively criminialized in a nation (though of march forward gamers will find a approach to play it possibly by importing or other means). Still, it’s a roadblock that Compulsion is dissapoint over. The studio pronounced it is now looking into a matter and has requested some-more information.
“To a Australian fans, we share your frustration,” a studio said. “We will work with a [Australia Classification Board] on a classification. If a supervision maintains a stance, we will make certain that we can get a refund, and we will work directly with influenced Kickstarter backers to figure something out. We would conclude if we give us a small bit of time to interest a preference before creation a call.”
“We Happy Few is set in a dystopian society, and a initial stage consists of a actor impression redacting element that could means offense to ‘society during large,’ as partial of his pursuit as a supervision ‘archivist.’ It’s a multitude that is forcing a adults to take Joy, and a whole indicate of a diversion is to reject this programming and quarrel back. In this context, a game’s overarching amicable explanation is no opposite than Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, or Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.”
“The diversion explores a operation of complicated themes, including addiction, mental health and drug abuse. We have had hundreds of messages from fans appreciating a diagnosis we’ve given these topics, and we trust that when players do get into a universe they’ll feel a same way. We’re unapproachable of what we’ve created.”
“We would like to respond to a thematic side of We Happy Few in some-more fact during a after date, as we trust it deserves some-more courtesy than a discerning PR response. In a meantime we will be articulate to a ACB to yield additional information, to plead a issues in depth, and see either they will change their minds.”
The strange story is below.
We Happy Few, a BioShock-inspired diversion that entered Early Access behind in 2016, is finally entrance out this year, though a highway to recover might be rockier in Australia. The diversion was refused sequence in a nation underneath a Games 1 (a) clause. Here is a central wording, pulled from a Classification Board’s website (via Kotaku):
“Reason: Games 1(a)The mechanism diversion is personal RC in suitability with a National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as mechanism games that ‘depict, demonstrate or differently understanding with matters of sex, drug injustice or addiction, crime, cruelty, assault or sickening or offensive phenomena in such a approach that they provoke opposite a standards of morality, goodness and appropriateness generally supposed by reasonable adults to a border that they should not be classified.'”
Neither developer Compulsion Games nor publisher Gearbox Software (which is doing a earthy edition) has nonetheless to respond to this refusal notice in Australia; keep checking behind for more.
We Happy Few has been announced for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It was already playable on PC (and Xbox One) by Early Access, but in Jan when a diversion was behind to summer 2018, Compulsion private a ability to pre-buy a game.
The diversion is set in an alternate-history chronicle of 1960s England in a illusory city of Wellington Wells. Players take on a purpose of characters who exclude to take their mind-altering happy pills and contingency find a approach to shun from a city but being held by a citizens. Players can get Early Access to a pretension right now on PC and Xbox One for $51. Compulsion expelled a new refurbish for it currently dubbed “Life in Technicolour,” that adds new Joy effects and improves other aspects of a diversion like UI and AI.
We Happy Few joins Saints Row IV, State of Decay, Hotline Miami 2, and South Park: Stick of Truth in being primarily refused sequence by a Australian Classification Board. Modified versions of some of those games were subsequently submitted to a house and postulated ratings, a top of that is a R18+ adult rating for video games.