Joy is a name of a drug taken by a denizens of We Happy Few, convincing them a fascist, post-apocalyptic English townscape is in fact a splendid and spacious utopia. Now, a new video from developers Compulsion Games shows how swallowing pills of Joy will impact a in-game continue and environments.
As one of a team’s environmental artists explains, “it looks and feels like what we would pattern from a nightmare”. Lovely stuff. Check it out below.
We Happy Few UK recover date and platforms
An early-access chronicle of We Happy Few was expelled on 26 Jul 2016, and is still accessible on Xbox Game Preview and Microsoft Windows around Steam and GOG.com. Aside from a brief intro sequence, a early-access chronicle is mostly centred around a procedural, presence aspects of We Happy Few.
A full recover is slated for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One, nonetheless Compulsion Games has nonetheless to exhibit a specific recover date.
What is We Happy Few all about?
We Happy Few takes place in an swap existence chronicle of a 1960s, in a arise of an function of Britain by German forces. The sum of a tract aren’t wholly clear, yet something happened in a illusory city of Wellington Wells to make a inhabitants start holding a mind-altering drug called Joy. The outcome of this drug is to make all seem jolly, even yet a existence is distant from pleasant. Thanks to a continued use of Joy, Wellington Wells has descended into a hotbed for hallucinogenic fascism.
In a alpha chronicle of a game, your impression Arthur Hastings decides to stop holding Joy, and is quickly followed by his co-workers for being a “downer”. He starts to see a universe for what it is: unsound and grim. According to a developers, dual some-more playable characters are designed for release, nonetheless zero has been pronounced about how they’ll fit into a story.
What do we do in We Happy Few?
When a initial tidbits of We Happy Few surfaced, many were awaiting a story-led shooter in a capillary of BioShock. Then a early-access chronicle of a diversion launched final year, and we finished adult with a procedural, presence title. Aside from a easily unsettling, linear prologue, a diversion mostly involves schlepping around a ebbing city, avoiding guards and anticipating food to eat.
Now, there’s zero wrong with procedural presence games. They tend to be playgrounds where a importance is on player-created events and narrative, with lots of crafting and standing measurements. How this will jelly with We Happy Few’s engaging story, however, stays to be seen. Compulsion Games has pronounced it is operative on some-more destined moments, identical to a alpha’s prologue. Here’s anticipating these don’t jar opposite a some-more categorically game-like elements of We Happy Few’s roguelike design.
As justification of a growth on a game’s scripted moments, Compulsion has uploaded a series of clips detailing brief animations. The one below, for example, sees a protagonist event opposite an rumpus between a contributor and some policemen.
In March, Compulsion expelled an refurbish to a alpha chronicle of a game. This encompasses a new island (Maidenholm) and a choice of 3 playstyles, among a series of other tweaks and additions. More sum in a video below.
What subsequent for We Happy Few?
There was a lot of initial hum around Compulsion’s diversion when it was initial suggested in 2015. It was partial of Microsoft’s Gamescom press discussion that year, and featured in Microsoft’s E3 2016 lineup. Following a recover of a alpha, however, courtesy has abated somewhat. It was quickly featured in Microsoft’s E3 2017 ID@Xbox segment, yet a creators need to be clever movement doesn’t trip away.
Having spent some time with a early version, we privately felt a glorious eeriness of a scripted voluntary evaporated among a looser structure of a categorical game. Compulsion has pronounced it will compensate courtesy to building We Happy Few’s story, nonetheless it will be engaging to see how it pulls off a change between linear and non-linear gameplay.
Here’s anticipating a studio manages it, since a dark, 1960s aesthetics of We Happy Few are a delight.