Fans have been looking forward to We Happy Few for years, ever since it was first announced and successfully funded through Kickstarter. In the game's dystopian version of Britain, you're encouraged to take a hallucinogenic drug called "Joy", making the tiresome 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. As part of the game's narrative, ordinary citizens take Joy to suppress their bad memories, but prolonged use of the drug also shuts off their moral inhibitors, turning them into sociopathic Joy-slaves who would happily kill anyone they perceive as "downers" (i.e. those who refuse to take Joy). Australia has a long history with game bans and cutting content, so it's nice to see We Happy Few unbanned.
Luckily, it seems that the board agrees after a "three-member panel Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game We Happy Few is classified R 18+ (Restricted)".
Compulsion Games said in its own statement that it went through a "great deal of effort" to get the decision overturned. It will also officially launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on August 10.
Previously, Compulsion Games' We Happy Few was denied classification for release in Australian by the Australian Classification Review Board.
We Happy Few's use of drugs was the main reason for the previous ruling. 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.