Developer Compulsion Games has announced its post-launch content plans for drug-fuelled dystopian nightmare We Happy Few, including three new story episodes for season pass owners and a free sandbox survival mode.
Sandbox Mode is set to arrive as a free update following We Happy Few's release this Friday, August 10th, and is described as a highly customisable "infinite mode". You'll be able to tweak a whole range of parameters prior to embarking on a bout of survival adventuring, adjusting the size of the world, how deadly it is, the amount of food available, and more. It's even possible to play as one of the game's policeman-like Wellies.
In other words, Sandbox Mode sounds very much like the open-ended, procedurally generated survival experience that We Happy Few was originally envisaged as at the start of its development, and the game that initially released on Steam early access in 2016. Since then, of course, Compulsion has changed tack, and the final release will offer a much more structured, narrative-heavy experience, similar to that implied by the eye-catching announcement trailer.
The Australian Classification Board has announced that, following a successful appeal by publisher Gearbox, Compulsion Games' psychedelic dystopian adventure We Happy Few will now receive a R 18+ classification, enabling the game to be sold in the country.
UPDATE 24/5/18: The Australian Classification Board has released a new statement, more fully explaining its reasoning for refusing to classify Compulsion Games' upcoming dystopian survival adventure We Happy Few, effectively banning it from sale in the country.
Developer Compulsion Games has confirmed that its jovial 1960s-inspired dystopian survival game We Happy Few will no longer release on April 13th as was previously announced, and is now delayed until "this summer". Its Early Access programme will also be suspended.
We Happy Few was revealed in 2015, and entered Steam Early Access in 2016 following a successful Kickstarter campaign. It's enjoyed regular updates since then, and is now, says Compulsion, "content complete". However, after "a thorough review of the game, beginning to end", the developer has decided to delay final release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, in order to improve its structure and flow - as discussed in the video update below.
Alongside the delay, Compulsion has also announced that it's taking steps to address complaints around We Happy Few's controversial price hike last year - when the game rose from £23 to almost £40 following the decision to partner with Gearbox as publisher.
Psychedelic sci-fi survival satire We Happy Few has expanded its scope from quirky indie to full-priced retail game, with Gearbox to publish a physical release 13th April, when the game launches on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
It sounds like it's going to be a much bigger game than the Early Access build we saw over a year ago. The launch game will contain a full-length story campaign consisting of three playable characters and "more than 250 unique encounters", whatever that means.
"Our team was humbled by the initial public reception to We Happy Few, and delighted to have this chance to make it bigger," said developer Compulsion Games' studio head Guillaume Provost. "Gearbox believed in us from the very beginning, and we think this partnership will make it possible to create the game that our community expects."
Psychedelic horror game We Happy Few is being adapted into a feature film.
Move over Steam Early Access and GOG Games in Development and the ilk, because here comes Microsoft with the Xbox Game Preview programme for Windows 10.
The programme that launched on Xbox One last summer will expand to Windows 10 later this year. As you can imagine it lets you buy games that aren't finished and play a role in their development.
The first game on the Windows 10 Game Preview programme - or whatever it ends up being called - will be Everspace by Rockfish Games, a single-player spaceship combat game with Roguelike elements. It was Kickstarted to the tune of €420,252 last September.
Contrast developer Compulsion Games' psychedelic dystopian stealth adventure We Happy Few has received a very odd E3 trailer.
Set in a world where people are forced to take pills that make them happy, you play as a sad person off their meds - an act that's forbidden in this candy-coloured culture. As such, you need to blend in with your manic comrades or get beaten to death. Joy!
Microsoft announced at its press conference that We Happy Few will launch on the Xbox One Preview Programme on 26th July. It's planned for a full launch later this summer on Xbox One and PC.
Contrast developer Compulsion Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming psychedelic sci-fi game We Happy Few.
Announced in February, We Happy Few is set in an alternative 1964 England wherein society is addicted to pills called Joy that repress bad memories and block out all unhappy feelings. Who wouldn't want that?
You don't, for one. Playing as a "downer", you'll have to blend in with your cheery neighbors. Fail to obey their rules by not politely greeting your fellow citizens, or breaking into their houses, and they'll identify you as a downer and beat you to a pulp.
That project Contrast developer Compulsion Games teased a couple of weeks back has been revealed as the sci-fi adventure We Happy Few.