We Happy Few developer Compulsion Games also took to its own site to note that the game will be released unmodified in Australia - and that media and community attention played an important role in getting the refusal overturned. The core loop of the game is to resist taking the drug and fight the oppression. The reason why it was denied originally was the focus on drug use within the game. Now, with the decision to award an R 18+ classification, "We Happy Few" can be sold in-stores.
"We went to a great deal of effort to get this decision overturned", states the developer.
If you're interested in We Happy Few then you should check out our preview of it! In the Classification Review Board's opinion We Happy Few warrants an R 18+ classification because the interactive drug use is high in impact.
Are you an Australian fan of the game?
We Happy Few will release worldwide on 10 August 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It's seen games like Saints Row IV refused classification for its big purple dildo, Hotline Miami 2 for its depiction of sexual violence, The Witcher 2 for a quest in which you could accept sex as a reward, and on and on.
We Happy Few is the latest video game project to butt heads with Australia's notoriously stringent rating process. "We want to thank everybody who got involved in the discussion, contacted the board and sent us countless messages of support". He added that the studio could have done more to make sure it provided the right context for the drug-related scenarios in the game when submitting it for classification.