We Happy Few not authorized to go out in Australia: unacceptable drug representation

Bad news for Australian fans of We Happy Few “and, of course, for developers too. The Australian Classification Board has announced that it has not agreed to assign an evaluation to the game, which means that it is not considered salable on the territory. The reason for the ban is related to the representation of drugs in gameplay mechanics, considered unacceptable by the Classification Board.

“In our opinion,” the organization explained, “the mechanics of using drugs that make the progression of the game less difficult represents an incentive and an encouragement to use drugs. Therefore, the game exceeds the fees granted to the R18 + rating, which states that ‘the use of incentivized or rewarded drugs is not allowed’. »

Compulsion, team author of We Happy Few, said that he did not mean to glorify the use of drugs, but rather to put analogies with “The New World”, the great classic of Aldous Huxley. The software company has announced that it will later provide a detailed official comment, “because we believe that the issue deserves more attention than those that could offer the simple answer of a PR.” The company also anticipated that it will put in contract with the Australian Classification Board to deepen the story and understand if, in some way, it will be able to modify its judgment.

Source: Videogamer.com

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