We Happy Few’s Australian Rating Ban Has Been Overturned

Now, with the decision to award an R 18+ classification, "We Happy Few" can be sold in-stores. The review comes in response to an appeal from Gearbox Publishing after a decision was made to refuse classification "We Happy Few" for sale in Australia. It'll be available for purchase in Australia after all.

If players take Joy they can progress faster within the game as they are succumbing to the will of the dystopia. "In this context, our game's overarching social commentary is no different than Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, or Terry Gilliam's Brazil".

Compulsion Games wrote in a blog post, "After considering our appeal to get We Happy Few reviewed for classification, the Australian Classification Review Board has made a decision to allow the release of We Happy Few in Australia!" With Kickstarter involved in the game's funding, that would've been a whole mess. "The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the computer game was no greater than high".


The Australian Classification Board has always been tough upon games that use sex or drugs in provocative ways.

"We Happy Few" is an upcoming first-person survival adventure game that explores the dystopian city of Wellington Wells. Games like Saints Row IV and Hotline Miami 2 have been banned from the country in the past.

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