During Microsoft’s E3 conference, we were shown what (we can only assume) the last footage of Compulsion Games’ unique title, We Happy Few before its release on the 10th of August. However, what we got wasn’t the usual footage of the grim alternative timeline the game is set in; it was a look into the story that accompanies it.
We’ve known We Happy Few was getting a campaign mode since August last year, so it was no surprise to see it prevalent in the trailer. What I wasn’t expecting was to be compelled so much by it. The urgency of the angry Scot gave an uneasy feeling for the premise of this disturbing game, and to be honest, I didn’t expect this much quality.
The early access really soured a lot of people’s opinions – for good reason, I suppose. It was buggy, repetitive, and only really showed the outline of the delusional world with hardly any depth. However, that’s what early access is for: giving time and room to improve. Looking back at this trailer, this story has the real potential to pull this game into the spotlight. The contrast of those not on the mind-altering drug, Joy, to the deranged mask-wearers is more visible than ever, and the panic of playing as the protagonist who refuses his Joy while being hunted will make for a terrifying feel. Needless to say, I’m extremely interested.
But the real question is… will it actually release in Australia? A few weeks ago, the game was refused classification for the following reasons:
“The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games that “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
While no one is denying their reasons – because to be honest, it deals with all these matters – there are people out there, even those who write for this site, who have pre-purchased the game and actually own it! Unless we see a full refund fairly soon, it’ll have to be approved. I don’t see a way you can comply to these guidelines without completely altering the game as a whole. So, I guess we will see. If it comes to August 10th and I can’t click on that purchase button, I’ll be very disappointed. I think they’re really made something special.