Looks like we’re going to have to wait a bit longer before We Happy Few gets moved out of Early Access. Compulsion Games, the studio behind the title, announced the delay until 2018. While the game is mostly complete, they want to take some time to polish up the game. Which is completely understandable, and while gamers may not like the news. It’s nice to see that a studio can evaluate their product and decide to delay it. The original release window was April 2018.

Sam Abbott, the producer for We Happy Few, had this to say about the delay.

“There are these moments that are memorable, very funny, and super weird and we’re really excited to show you all” “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.”

I’m all for this. Especially since we’ve had our hands on the Early Access title and have enjoyed it thus far. If these improvements are to extend the quality of the game, then delay it as much as you need to. I’m sure we’d  all rather that be the cause, rather than complain about how the game could have been.

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. In this alternative 1960s England, conformity is key. You’ll have to fight or blend in with the drug-addled inhabitants, most of whom don’t take kindly to people who won’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.

Discover the retro-futuristic city’s dark history as you play through the intertwined narratives of three quietly rebellious citizens of Wellington Wells, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, as they face their pasts, prepare for the future, and engage in activities that aren’t exactly status quo in the artificially enthused society.

We Happy Few will now release in Summer 2018 for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. 

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Keith Mitchell
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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grid. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. Available for podcasts upon request.