We Happy Few is the latest game to have fallen victim to the Australian ratings board, as it’s been refused classification in the country. Kotaku got hold of the Classification Board’s report on the game, which states that the ban was due to a drug named Joy, which the player needs to take in order to progress. The rating was refused in accordance with section 1A of the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, which categories games which are said to do the following:
“Depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
The Australian Classification Board are particularity touchy when it comes to drugs, as the originally banned Fallout 3 for the same reason, so we’re not too surprised that they lost their shit over We Happy Few. Either way, we can expect Gearbox to appeal the decision in the coming weeks, so watch this space.
Developed by Compulsion Games, We Happy Few is a dystopian survival horror set an alternate version of 1964. It will feature three playable character, one of who, ironically, censors newspapers for a living. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like one of the most unique major releases in a long time, so we’ll just have to wait until it releases later this year to see if it lives up to the hype. Unless if you live in Australia, in which case you’ll just have to make do with FIFA 18.