The developers said that they had to go through a great deal of effort in order to submit an appeal and get that decision overturned.
Game developer Compulsion Games and publisher Gearbox Publishing happily announced today that We Happy Few has now been approved for launch in Australia.
If you're wondering whether this means substantial changes to the game, have no fear, as the studio also clarifies that Australian players will be able to play We Happy Few without modification, so mark your calendars for August 10, when you can get the game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Previously, by denying a classification for the game, it was just as good as banned for sale in the country, as all games must carry a certification if they're going to be up for sale. In its original ruling, the Board specifically mentioned the in-game drug, Joy, which players take throughout the game.
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Great news, all around!
Initially, the classification board argued that due to the reasons listed above, the game's systems incentivise drug use and therefore decided not to issue a rating. The drug use appears to have been the sticking point in the Board's original decision to refuse the game for classification.
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 Happy Few is the latest video game project to butt heads with Australia's notoriously stringent rating process.
We Happy Few is a self-described "game of paranoia and survival, in a drugged-out, dystopian English city in 1964".