A few days ago it was announced that Gold Circle Films and dj2 Entertainment will be adapting the rogue-like game We Happy Few into a feature-length title. No other confirmed information was associated with the news, and dj2’s website estimates that it won’t be until at least 2019 until we see a release.
The game itself is still in Early Access and has been since the summer of 2016. A full release has been promised for a while, and we found out exclusively when that might roughly be…
We caught up with Compulsion Games COO Sam Abbott earlier today to discuss We Happy Few‘s film adaptation as well as to chat about the game itself. During that interview I asked Abbott about the status of the game and when we can expect a final release. While I didn’t get a specific date, I did get a rough timetable on what we can expect.
“I think we have two major updates left before release. Possibly a third if we think it’s necessary. But according to the plan right now, two should be fine,” Abbot explains.
Now, what does that mean in terms of how long fans and players are going to have to wait? “We don’t announce dates until they’re certain because it’s a very bad idea,” Abbott makes clear. That being said, he did add the following, “We’ve taken roughly three months to create the last update. I would say that’s not far off from what we’ll be doing for the next two updates. And 1.0 is more complicated. It would be very unlikely if that came out three months after that.”
So, for those who are eager for the final release version of We Happy Few, know that you’ve got at least six months, possibly nine, and 2-3 updates to run through before the devs at Compulsion Games begin nailing down the final release, which will also take several months. So don’t expect the final version anytime soon as I’m going to guess it won’t be out until Q4 2017 or possibly Q1 in 2018.
We’ll be posting our full interview with Abbott in the near future.
We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fueled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who have their own set of not-so-normal rules.