Compulsion Games have been teasing us (me) with images and development videos for their dystopian tale of life in Wellington Wells. After the success of their previous title, Contrast, We Happy Few sets you up for a taste of life in an Orwellian 1960s English village.
We Happy few is the story of a bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. These drug-fuelled, retro-futuristic people just want everyone to be happy. Especially if that means conformity.
The game is all about kicking the Joy habit and surviving in and escaping from the procedurally generated world. Along the way you’ll learn the art of hiding in plain sight. If you act out of turn, the locals will become suspicious and will rapidly turn your smile into a grimace. This promises to be tense.
As well as a procedurally generated world, We Happy Few will feature a range of difficulties for novices and experts alike. Permadeath will also appeal to the masochistic among you and you can indulge your creative and gaming needs with three modes, Sandbox, Story and Wellie.
Fulfill your most basic needs in order to survive. Interact with the Joy-addled inhabitants. Choose stealth, combat or conformity to win out. You’ll need to collect, scavenge and craft items that you can use to survive or fight against Wellington Wells’ ever-vigilant police force. Look out for traps too, or even use them to your advantage.
The good news is that We Happy Few has finally made it to the Xbox One Preview Program and is out for the princely sum of £23.99 or your local currency equivalent.
Compulsion Games have celebrated this launch with a brand new gameplay trailer, and as Happy Jack says, “Don’t forget to take your Joy”.
Quick, look busy, it’s the boss.