‘We Happy Few’ Australian Rating Ban Overturned Upon Review

  • ‘We Happy Few’ Australian Rating Ban Overturned Upon Review

‘We Happy Few’ Australian Rating Ban Overturned Upon Review

We Happy Few was originally denied due to the focus on drug use within the game; however, in a new press release put out by the Australian Classification Review Board, the made a decision to give the game a rating because "the interactive drug use is high in impact". The main sticking point was that players had to take a fictional in-game drug called "Joy" in order to progress with the story. The Board said "the game's drug-use mechanic making game progression less hard constitutes an incentive or reward for drug-use" and was therefore refused classification. The decision on a game's classification by the independent board reviewing an appeal takes precedence over the original, and in this case that means that We Happy Few will now be able to be purchased by Australian gamers over the age of 18.

Regardless, We Happy Few fans in Australia will likely be pleased that the game's ban has been reversed and it will release in their region uncensored. "We want to thank everybody who got involved in the discussion, contacted the board and sent us countless messages of support".

We Happy Few is the latest video game project to butt heads with Australia's notoriously stringent rating process.

"We Happy Few" is an upcoming first-person survival adventure game that explores the dystopian city of Wellington Wells. He added that the studio could have done more to make sure it provided the right context for the drug-related scenarios in the game when submitting it for classification. Keep checking back for more.