We Happy Few Finally Coming To Australia After Approval

Doris Richards
July 7, 2018

We are the happy few now.

Australia originally refused We Happy Few a rating back in May, stating that the game was effectively in breach of the country's strict rules on the depiction of "drug misuse" and "addiction".

While this does technically "reward" players for using the drug, We Happy Few actually seems to have a message of anti-drug use. In the game's dystopian version of Britain, you're encouraged to take a hallucinogenic drug called "Joy", making the boring and drab world of misery look like it's all happy and full of fun, like a piñata to whack until candies pop out actually being a large rat in a bag. "In this context, our game's overarching social commentary is no different than Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, or Terry Gilliam's Brazil". Now that decision has been successfully appealed by Compulsion Games, and We Happy Few is no longer banned in Australia. With Kickstarter involved in the game's funding, that would've been a whole mess.

"The rating also came with a blurb to inform consumers about the game's "'Fantasy violence and interactive drug use". "We Happy Few is classified R18+ (restricted)". The Classification Board went into some detail over how We Happy Few was unbanned. 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. You can pre-purchase We Happy Few on the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One or the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 4.

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