We Happy Few gets approved for Australia

‘We Happy Few’ Australian Rating Ban Overturned Upon Review

‘We Happy Few’ Australian Rating Ban Overturned Upon Review

We Happy Few's use of drugs was the main reason for the previous ruling.

Previously, Compulsion Games' We Happy Few was denied classification for release in Australian by the Australian Classification Review Board. It'll be available for purchase in Australia after all.

After considering our appeal to get We Happy Few reviewed for classification, the Australian Classification Review Board has made a decision to allow the release of We Happy Few in Australia! With Kickstarter involved in the game's funding, that would've been a whole mess.

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. However, those in Australia were almost denied access to the game after it was denied classification last month for its depiction of drug use.

The rating was awarded with additional consumer advice in the form of warnings that it does contain "fantasy violence and interactive drug use". "We Happy Few is classified R18+ (restricted)". 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.

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. 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.

Recommended News

  • China tries to ease fears that Beijing may target United States  firms

    China tries to ease fears that Beijing may target United States firms

    The Trump administration has argued that China has deployed predatory tactics in a push to overtake US technological dominance. Chinese companies have started turning away from USA soybean suppliers and looking to other sources for agricultural products.
    Feds using DNA testing to reunite migrant families

    Feds using DNA testing to reunite migrant families

    The organization said they'd never heard of DNA testing being done to reunite families before and they don't support the move. As of Thursday, Health and Human Services said "under 3,000" children were still separated from their families .
    Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years over corruption

    Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years over corruption

    His daughter, Maryam Nawaz has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment in the Avenfield corruption case, Geo TV reported. Maryam in her tweets stressed that the resolve to fight against injustice had increased following the verdict.
  • Tony Parker denies feud with Kawhi Leonard over their similar injuries

    Tony Parker denies feud with Kawhi Leonard over their similar injuries

    Perhaps Parker's presence away from the team could be enough to persuade Kawhi Leonard to play another season for the Spurs . In March, a frustrated Parker told the media that his injury was "a hundred times worse" than Leonard's.
    Radio and television personality Ed Schultz dies at 64

    Radio and television personality Ed Schultz dies at 64

    Schultz is perhaps best known to TV audiences for his long-running MSNBC series The Ed Show , which first launched in 2009. Schultz was a standout quarterback at Minnesota State University-Moorhead in the 1970s.
    Richmondites among adventurer deaths at Shannon Falls

    Richmondites among adventurer deaths at Shannon Falls

    Her boyfriend and another hiker jumped in to try to save her but they were all swept over the edge, Willcox said. Banks says the "terrain is hard , very unsafe , and the water flow is heavy which is complicating the search".
  • 35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

    35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

    The 23-time major victor will next face France's Kristina Mladenovic or Germany's Tatjana Maria for a place in the last 16. Next opponent Federer will be the German Jan-Lennard, Struff, which pyatisetovy marathon was held by Ivo Karlovic .
    Trump says nuclear talks with North Korea 'going well'

    Trump says nuclear talks with North Korea 'going well'

    The wording dropped the usual reference to the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization". Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, called the report very troubling.
    Samsung launches Galaxy Jean, a rebranded Galaxy A6+ (2018)

    Samsung launches Galaxy Jean, a rebranded Galaxy A6+ (2018)

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 has reportedly been the company's most-popular smartphone today, having sold around 50 million units. The Galaxy S10 will launch at MWC 2019, like this year's Galaxy S9 lineup, as pointed out by Phone Arena .
  • USA  navy on alert as Iran threatens to block Gulf oil route

    USA navy on alert as Iran threatens to block Gulf oil route

    Speaking earlier in the day, France's foreign minister said that world powers would struggle to keep to that deadline. He stressed hat world powers would struggle to compensate Tehran for companies leaving Iran.
    ‘Jordan to keep border closed to Syrias displaced

    ‘Jordan to keep border closed to Syrias displaced

    The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the offensive. A week ago the worldwide organisation said that 160,000 people had been displaced.
    Trump to Congress: Fix Our Immigration Laws Now

    Trump to Congress: Fix Our Immigration Laws Now

    But unlike the administration, they believe the correct response to the problem is to hire more judges to adjudicate their claims. Legal experts were quick to note that this would be unconstitutional.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.