Everything You Need to Know about We Happy Few

Except for the fact it’s delayed again.

Contrast was one of the first games I played when the PlayStation 4 launched at the end of 2013, and since then I’ve been a massive fan of Compulsion Games. The dark, noir-style of Contrast has stayed with me, along with the narrative of a young girl’s elusive friend, who traverses the 2D and 3D world to solve puzzles. It’s truly worth playing if you’ve never experienced it.

We Happy Few

Fast forward a few years, and now we have Compulsion Games’ new IP, We Happy Few garnering anticipation. Set in the drugged-out, fictional city of Wellington Wells in England in the 1960s, the game incorporates some of the same noir aesthetics seen in Contrast, but on a significantly darker level. It’s a retro-futuristic title that effectively combines some of the best elements of books like 1984 by George Orwell and games like Bioshock. 

Fast Facts: 
Developer: Compulsion Games
Available Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Genre: Adventure/Survival
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
Engine: Unreal Engine 4

We Happy Few

The Story:

The inhabitants of Wellington Wells are strung out on a substance called Joy, which makes them delusionally happy all the time. They want you to take this happy little pill, too, or risk the consequences. In this city, conformity will save your life, and fighting against it will prove to be a challenge (Joy is also in the water, so take extra precaution). The decision is up to you, but regardless of the choice you make, the game invites you to explore the dark history of Wellington Wells, a city that has been devastated by war.

We Happy Few offers three connected narratives for three different characters, one of whom is Arthur Hastings. Compulsion Games recently revealed more information about the second playable character named Sally. Arthur, Sally, and the third unnamed character are all linked by their secret rebellious nature against the creepily dysfunctional city.

Gameplay:

Compulsion Games stated that “no two playthroughs are alike”, and the city is procedurally generated to ensure this is possible. While “procedurally generated” may conjure up some long-buried memories of the clunkiness that was No Man’s Sky, there’s something about experiencing a dystopian, drug-infested city differently each time that has me a lot more intrigued.

 

We Happy Few

 

PC Specs:

MINIMUM:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64 bit, Windows 7 and above
    • Processor: Triple-core Intel or AMD, 2.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 460 GTX or AMD Radeon 5870 HD series or higher Mobile: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M or higher.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64 bit, Windows 7 and above
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 660 GTX or AMD Radeon 7870 HD series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space

We Happy Few

We Happy Few is currently available for pre-order. You can purchase either the Standard ($50.99) or Deluxe Edition ($67.99). With a standard purchase, you will receive the full game, plus the “exclusive Jolly Brolly” weapon. With the Deluxe Edition, you will receive both of these, in addition to the We Happy Few season pass.

We Happy Few was slated for a release on April 13th, but the date has since been pushed back to “summer 2018”. The game will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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Tori is a writer and gamer originally from Vault 111, but now she resides in Chicago. She loves games with strong narratives, impossibly large cups of coffee, and The Walking Dead. Follow her on Twitter @torithatnerd

Tori Morrow

Tori is a writer and gamer originally from Vault 111, but now she resides in Chicago. She loves games with strong narratives, impossibly large cups of coffee, and The Walking Dead. Follow her on Twitter @torithatnerd

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