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We Happy Few

Compulsion's Psychedelic Dystopian Survival Game Hits Kickstarter
by Tim Turi on Jun 04, 2015 at 01:55 PM
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
Developer: Compulsion Games
Release:
Rating: Mature
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac

Earlier this year developer Compulsion Games, the team behind Contrast, announced We Happy Few, a new title about drugged-up English citizens living a life of blissful denial in the 1960s. We got a chance to play the first-person survival game shortly after the announcement, and were left to wait for more details. Today, the Canada-based Compulsion announced that We Happy Few is actually being funded via Kickstarter, with a goal of roughly $200,000 (250,000 CAD)

The announcement trailer below sets the tone of false, prescription-based optimism in an entertainingly bizarre chat between the in-universe talk show host Jack and creative director Guillaume Provost. He explains how players will control a "downer" who refuses to take his happy pills, trying to fit in with the hopped-up Wellies while foraging for food and supplies. Compulsion expects players to die a lot in their quest to escape the town, so proceedurally generated layouts will greet players each time they give it another go.

If you're still unimpressed, Compulsion has also released a 15-minute gameplay demo narrated by one of the developers.

We Happy Few is being developed for PC, with a release date of June 2016. We'll keep you posted on this intriguing Kickstarter project's progress. As of the time of publishing this article, Compulsion has surpassed $36,000.