We Happy Few suffers further delay

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Dystopian survival-comedy-horror game We Happy Few has been delayed once again, moving its likely release date from April 2018 to summer 2018.

The eye-catching game, which uses procedural generation and is set in a totalitarian alternate-universe 1960s England in which the entire population is drugged into submission, is being made by Canadian developer Compulsion Games, which partially funded it via a Kickstarter campaign in 2015.

Compulsion Games’ Creative Director Guillaume Provost and COO Sam Abbott posted the YouTube video above explaining their decision to delay the game. In it, they explained that they decided to rewrite the first two hours of one of the three campaigns based on different characters.

Abbott said: “There are these moments that are memorable, very funny, and super weird. But we felt that the first two hours of Arthur’s story just didn’t live up to those moments, meaning that the game didn’t start as well as it should. So we went back to the drawing board and made a couple of big decisions: we brought forward a number of story moments, to get into the action faster, and also rebuilt the whole first island for Arthur.”

The video also gives a first taste of the campaign for another of the game’s playable characters, Sally. Those eager to play We Happy Few – which will come out on Xbox One as well as PC – will have to show a bit more patience, but Compulsion Games deserves credit for its determination to get the game absolutely right.