A three-person panel of the Classification Review Board unanimously decided that the computer game We Happy Few is classified R 18+.
The rating carries with it, the consumer advice ‘Fantasy violence and interactive drug use’.
In a release the Classification Review Board stated, “The National Classification Code and Classification Guidelines requires the treatment of drug use to not exceed high at the R 18+ level. In the Classification Review Board’s opinion We Happy Few warrants an R 18+ classification because the interactive drug use is high in impact. The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the computer game was no greater than high.”
The release continued, “In reviewing the classification, the Review Board worked within the framework of the National Classification Scheme, applying the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games. This is the same framework used by the Classification Board.”
The release also confirmed that it was Gearbox Publishing who requested the review following the original refusal of classification from May 21.
The Review Board’s reasons for the decision will appear on the Classification website once finalised. Their decision, as previously announced, will replace the original decision.