xbGood news! We Happy Few has officially been reclassified in Australia, which effectively means the game can now be sold on store shelves in the country. On July 3rd, the Australian Classification Board announced that they now completed reviewing it over and has given the game an R18+ rating.
Media release—We Happy Few classified R 18+
3 July 2018
A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game We Happy Few is classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘Fantasy violence and interactive drug use’.
The National Classification Code and Classification Guidelines requires the treatment of drug use to not exceed high at the R 18+ level. In the Classification Review Board’s opinion We Happy Few warrants an R 18+ classification because the interactive drug use is high in impact. The overall
impact of the classifiable elements in the computer game was no greater than high.
Computer games classified R 18+ are legally restricted to adults. Persons aged under 18 years cannot purchase computer games classified R 18+. Some material classified R 18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community. Consumer advice is additional information about the main content of a computer game which is intended to help consumers decide if they want to view this type of material.
The Review Board convened today in response to an application from the original applicant, Gearbox Publishing, LLC, to review the decision made by the Classification Board on 21 May 2018 to classify We Happy Few Refused Classification.
In reviewing the classification, the Review Board worked within the framework of the National Classification Scheme, applying the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of
Computer Games. This is the same framework used by the Classification Board.
The Review Board is an independent merits review body. It makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review. This Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.
The Review Board’s reasons for this decision will appear on the Classification website when finalised.
Statement authorised by Fiona Jolly, Convenor, Classification Review Board.
Previously, We Happy Few was refused classification in Australia, pushing the game to be banned in the country. Compulsion Games posted a statement on their official site saying they are discussing it with ACB on resolving the issue and will refund any customer if not successful. Thankfully, fans, who were sad and annoyed that they could not get their hands on the game, can now rejoice after hearing the news that it can now reach the Australian gaming market.
We Happy Few is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on August 10th.