We Happy Few garnered quite a bit of buzz when it was shown off during Microsoft’s E3 briefing. The game currently doesn’t have a release date in sight, but it is however ready to be previewed by the masses.
This Game Looks Like An Overdose of Joy
In We Happy Few, we are tossed into the role of Arthur Hastings. A citizen of Wellington Woods, Hastings and all his neighbors are ordered to take doses of a drug called “Joy” daily. Joy prevents Wellington Woods’ citizens from entering a state of depression, as the entire city is an artificial environment of doped up satisfaction. Hastings, of course, eventually stops taking his Joy, and thus the events of We Happy Few begins to transpire. Here’s the official summary:
“We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who don’t take kindly to people who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.”
The game launched across various preview programs today. You can find it on Steam Early Access, through the Xbox Store Game Preview, GOG.com and Humble Store early access. The title is developed by Compulsion Games after a successful Kickstarter campaign, and is set to have its gaming inspiration roots stemming from Bioshock, Don’t Starve, and Fallout. While other cultural works such as The Prisoner, A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, and Doctor Who have had an impact as well.
Checkout the new We Happy Few trailer just below, and checkout the free preview build of the title on your platform of choice.