Gearbox Publishing and Compulsion Games’ We Happy Few was denied by the Australian Classification Review Board in May, meaning the game could not release in that region. Fortunately, after fighting this decision for some time, the developers managed to get the decision overturned, with We Happy Few receiving an R18+ rating and permission to release in Australia.
According to the developers, they had to go through a “great deal of effort” in order to submit an appeal and get the decision overturned. We Happy Few was originally denied due to the focus on drug use within the game.
No content had to be modified for We Happy Few to be released in Australia, so players in that region won’t have to experience a censored version of the game.
We Happy Few can currently be played on Xbox One and PC via Xbox Game Preview and Early Access respectively, and will officially launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 10.