At TiX, we love E3. When it’s not making the site so busy that it makes Dave cry, it allows all manner of developers to showcase the stuff they’ve been working on and might be close to completion. Compulsion Games are one such studio. They’ve been busy, beavering happily away on their 1960’s utopian action title, We Happy Few for some months now.
Over that time, Compulsion have been posting regular updates on their YouTube feed detailing the process they go through for animating the various characters. If you have a few minutes to spare, they’re well worth a watch.
We Happy Few is a game that is based, as I mentioned, in the very British town of Wellington Wells in the 1960’s. You are Arthur Hastings, encouraged, along with the rest of the population, to take the state-provided happy pills. In a fit of rebellion, Arthur decides not to take his pills and instantly becomes a frowned-upon ‘Downer’.
Spend the next hours of your life trying to avoid the happy folk of Wellington Wells, whiling away their life in blissful denial. Reconstruct the past, find your way out of the town. You’ll have to blend in with the other citizens though, they don’t take kindly to those who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.
We Happy Few will be heading to the Xbox Game Preview program from the 26th of July. It looks kooky, right up my cobbled alley. Here’s that E3 trailer, which comprises of the game’s opening sequence.