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07 July 2018, 04:41 | Jodi Jackson
‘We Happy Few’ Australian Rating Ban Overturned Upon Review
Australia has firm restrictions on representation of drug use in media and We Happy Few's dystopian world didn't quite meet them at all times. We are the happy few now. We Happy Few was originally denied due to the focus on drug use within the game; however, in a new press release put out by the Australian Classification Review Board, the made a decision to give the game a rating because "the interactive drug use is high in impact".
The best part of this new update is that the game content was not modified, which means Australian players can enjoy it without anything missing.
While this does technically "reward" players for using the drug, We Happy Few actually seems to have a message of anti-drug use.
Australia is easily one of the strictest markets for video game certification, with the Australian Classification Review Board taking a dim view of excessive violence, drug taking and over-sexualisation.
Gearbox Publishing saw this as a misunderstanding of We Happy Few's themes and issued the appeal that led to this overruling following the decision made late last month. The people in the game are depicted as violent psychopaths due to their overuse of the drug, and all have basically lost their humanity.
We Happy Few is scheduled to come out on August 10th for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
That decision, according to the board, was driven by a new decision that the overall impact of the classifiable elements in the computer game was no greater than high.
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