Compulsion Games responds to We Happy Few R18+ classification

Saturday, 07 Jul, 2018

The Australian Classification Board's initial issue with We Happy Few had to do with a gameplay element involving the imbibing of a euphoria-inducing drug called Joy.

Developer Compulsion Games fought back against the allegations, stating that "the whole point of the game is to reject this programming and fight back" against the mandated drugs, reminiscent of "Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, or Terry Gilliam's Brazil" thanks to its "overarching social commentary".

The developers said that they had to go through a great deal of effort in order to submit an appeal and get that decision overturned.

Compulsion Games upcoming drug-tinged project We Happy Few has been granted release in Australia.

We Happy Few is now available on PC and Xbox One via Early Access and Xbox Game Preview respectively, and will officially launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 10.

Great news, all around! This decision does not require Compulsion Games to modify any of the content, but will warn consumers of its "Fantasy violence and interactive drug use", according to the final report.

We Happy Few's use of drugs was the main reason for the previous ruling. Do you think the rules against including drug use in video games are sensible?

"We are extremely pleased with the decision of the board and excited that our Australian fans and new players will be able to experience We Happy Few without modification". Games like Saints Row IV and Hotline Miami 2 have been banned from the country in the past. PC Players can add the game to their Steam wishlist.