Australia lifts the ban on We Happy Few following successful ratings appeal

Australia lifts the ban on We Happy Few following successful ratings appeal

So yeah, turns out the initial ban was all about the title's use of Joy - a government prescribed drug used to control the in-game population.

Compulsion Games was prepared to refund Australian players if they were unable to successfully appeal the ruling.

We went to a great deal of effort to get this decision overturned.

"I know that We Happy Few has been on the Early Access rollercoaster for nearly two years now, but it really looks like the game being released this summer will be a very different animal than the one we were first introduced to", wrote the preview's author.

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Great news, all around! The Classification Board's report had determined that the usage of the chemical "Joy" in-game was "incentivizing" drug use.

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 Board said it considered Australia's Classification Act 1995, the National Classification Scheme, the National Classification Code, and the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games when making its decision to give We Happy Few a classification. Games like Saints Row IV and Hotline Miami 2 have been banned from the country in the past.

We Happy Few is the latest video game project to butt heads with Australia's notoriously stringent rating process. Basically, many people in the We Happy Few universe abuse a drug called Joy that makes them happy without ever having to experience any kind of bad feeling or memory.

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