After Compulsion Games appealed the ban on We Happy Few by the Australian Classification Board, the review panel changed their decision and rated the satirical horror game R18+.
The news about the ban being overturned was posted over on the Compulsion Games website on July 3rd. 2018.
They had a short post that read…
“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.”
Back on May 22nd, 2018 it was originally reported that We Happy Few was banned in Austrlia.
During June, after the hustle and bustle of E3, Compulsion Games took the time out to appeal the ban and also received support from the gaming community thanks to the Australian Classification Board opening up public letters of support to help offer sound reasoning for why the game shouldn’t be banned.
Initially the Classification Board stated that We Happy Few promoted the consumption of drugs, but in reality the game does the opposite. In We Happy Few, there exists a Communistic dictatorship within a 1960’s inspired town. Poverty, disease and destitution run rampant through the city, but in order to avoid dealing with the harsh realities, the residents are forced to take a drug called “Joy”, which works like a hallucinogenic that makes the world seem better than what it is. Players take on the role of various characters attempting to escape from the commune and get away from the dictatorial methods doled out by those in charge.
Compulsion Games and other games attempted to explain this to the Classification Board and it appears as if it worked.
(Thanks for the news tip Censored Gaming)