The Australian Ratings Board has refused to classify Compulsion Games’ RPG/survival game, We Happy Few in Australia, it’s been revealed.
Games get banned for all kinds of reasons and even if it has success in one country, laws in others might prohibit it from getting big somewhere else.
Made by Montreal studio Compulsion Games, We Happy Few was a kickstarter project that did incredibly well and has been enjoyed by a wide fanbase since it’s release in 2018. Reportedly, the issue is the drug use shown in game.
If you don’t know the plot of We Happy Few, it’s about a dystopian society where it’s inhabitants are hopped on a drug called Joy that keeps them happy and easily controlled. You play as an inhabitant trying to escape but you have the choice to take joy to help blend in and to the board, they might see this as encouraging players to take drugs themselves.
However, it looks like the Australian Classification Board chose to not classify We Happy Few despite all of that. Compulsion Games has announced on their website that they’re looking into the situation and hope to discuss with the board about changing their minds.
“To our Australian fans, we share your frustration. We will work with the ACB on the classification. If the government maintains its stance, we will make sure that you can get a refund, and we will work directly with affected Kickstarter backers to figure something out. We would appreciate if you give us a little bit of time to appeal the decision before making a call,” the developer wrote in a blog post addressing the issue.
Hopefully it all works out for them! What’s your take on Australia’s decision to ban We Happy Few? Let us know in the comments below!