The developer said, “After considering our appeal to get We Happy Few reviewed for classification, the Australian Classification Review Board has decided to allow the release of We Happy Few in Australia!”
“We went to a great deal of effort to get this decision overturned. We Happy Few will be rated R18+ in Australia.”
“We are extremely pleased with the decision of the board and excited that our Australian fans and new players will be able to experience We Happy Few without modification.”
“We want to thank everybody who got involved in the discussion, contacted the board and sent us countless messages of support. Your involvement made a huge difference.”
We Happy Few was initially refused classification in late May over concerns of the heavy use of the in-game drug, ‘Joy’, and the in-game benefits of using it.
A month later, Gearbox Software, the games’ publisher, submitted an application to have the classification reviewed.
A three person panel unanimously voted to classify the title as R18+, with consumer advice including ‘Fantasy violence and interactive drug use’.