Compulsion Games upcoming release We Happy Few has ben refused classification in Australia, the decision linked to the required use of drugs within the title.
We Happy Few is set in a retro-futuristic city in an alternative 1960s England, players must escape from the drug-fuelled city, blending with Its inhabitants, all in their own state of cheerful denial, imposing their own not-so-normal rules.
Stated in a report supplied to Kotaku Australia, due to the heavy use of drugs in the game, and it’s apparent requirement of the player to consume the in-game drug known as ‘Joy’, We Happy Few has been refused classification.
Several games have previously been refused classification due to various thematic inclusion, however, none have had such a mechanic so thoroughly interwoven into the games core gameplay.
The full statement reads;
In one sequence, an NPC is viewed on the ground, convulsing owing to a reaction from taking a Joy pill, which has subsequently turned bad. After several NPCs encourage her to take Joy and she refuses, fearing that it will have an adverse effect, they beat her with steel pots and a shovel, until she is implicitly killed.
In another sequence, the player is seen in first-person view, entering a telephone box that contains three large pill dispensers, each holding a different flavoured Joy pill. The player consumes a Joy pill and a swarm of brightly-coloured butterflies appear as well as rainbows and coloured pathways on the ground, improving speed and visibility for the player.