Down in a land, well, down under, games unequivocally do have a tough time reaching shelves if they enclose extreme amounts of assault or topics of a criminialized nature. The new diversion from now Microsoft owned Compulsion Games has both, with We Happy Few plunging we into a universe of hyper-violence spurred on by extreme drug use. These were dual vast red flags for a Australian ratings board, that primarily refused to systematise a game. That statute has been overturned, and We Happy Few will now be means to launch in Australia after this year, notwithstanding underneath an Adults-Only rating.
The new statute slaps an R18+ rating on We Happy Few, that Compulsion Games is anticipating to get out of a doorway by Aug this year. The overturned statute was partial of a resubmission routine that Compulsion and publisher Gearbox requested, after a diversion was primarily criminialized on a initial pass. The preference was supplemented with fan testimony and insistence that helped move a emanate to light, forcing a ratings house to reassemble and plead a preference further.
Australia isn’t a biggest marketplace on a globe, though carrying a diversion wanting from a marketplace wholly is unpropitious to sales, generally for smaller games like We Happy Few. In a past titles such as Outlast 2 have had to cut vast swathes of calm to strech a classification, something that Compulsion Games clearly was means to equivocate in their bid to recover in a region. We Happy Few seems distant serve private from Outlast in terms of argumentative content, though a drug-use as partial of a core thesis and gameplay automechanic is expected what pushed it over a edge.
We Happy Few is still going to be a multi-platform title, notwithstanding Microsoft now owning a studio behind it. It’s set to launch on Xbox One, PS4 and PC this Aug 10th, after that I’d assume Compulsion Games starts work on a plan that Microsoft can surveillance as an disdainful in a years to come.
Last Updated: July 4, 2018