Australia lifts the ban on We Happy Few following successful ratings appeal

Australia lifts the ban on We Happy Few following successful ratings appeal

Australia lifts the ban on We Happy Few following successful ratings appeal

We Happy Few is a self-described "game of paranoia and survival, in a drugged-out, dystopian English city in 1964".

Indeed, following a review by The Classification Board in Australia, We Happy Few has seen its original ruling overturned. It'll be available for purchase in Australia after all. It had previously been banned in the first place thanks to its usage of the drug "Joy", which characters take as a means of control from the government. "In this context, our game's overarching social commentary is no different than Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, or Terry Gilliam's Brazil".

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Game developer Compulsion Games and publisher Gearbox Publishing happily announced today that We Happy Few has now been approved for launch in Australia. With Kickstarter involved in the game's funding, that would've been a whole mess. It will also officially launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on August 10.

"The rating also came with a blurb to inform consumers about the game's "'Fantasy violence and interactive drug use". More specifically, the way drug use in the game is tied to "incentives and rewards". "We Happy Few is classified R18+ (restricted)".

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Regardless, We Happy Few fans in Australia will likely be pleased that the game's ban has been reversed and it will release in their region uncensored.

Compulsion producer Sam Abbott told Kotaku that the Board's original decision to refuse We Happy Few for classification made sense based on the information it had to go on at time.

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