Now, with the decision to award an R 18+ classification, "We Happy Few" can be sold in-stores. Players can make their life in We Happy Few a bit easier if they use the drug, as they won't be attacked as often by the enemies in the game. More specifically, the way drug use in the game is tied to "incentives and rewards". The Classification Board's report had determined that the usage of the chemical "Joy" in-game was "incentivizing" drug use.
"I know that We Happy Few has been on the Early Access rollercoaster for nearly two years now, but it really looks like the game being released this summer will be a very different animal than the one we were first introduced to", wrote the preview's author. "The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the computer game was no greater than high".
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 producer Sam Abbott told Kotaku that the Board's original decision to refuse We Happy Few for classification made sense based on the information it had to go on at time.
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.
Previously, Compulsion Games' We Happy Few was denied classification for release in Australian by the Australian Classification Review Board. "Your involvement made a huge difference". We are the happy few now. PC Players can add the game to their Steam wishlist.