The Board will assess their previous decision on the 3rd of July.
Awhile back, in may, the disturbing survival game We Happy Few was refused classification by the Austrailian Classification Board. At the time they said that “A player that takes Joy can reduce gameplay difficulty, therefore receiving an incentive by progressing though the game quickly. Although there are alternative methods to complete the game, gameplay requires the player to take Joy to progress.”
Well after an appeal from the game’s developer, Compulsion Games, the Classification Board has said they will review their decision on We Happy Few’s Ban, saying in a press release “The Classification Review Board will meet on 3 July 2018 to consider the application. The decision and reasons will later be published on www.classification.gov.au”
They also stated that anyone who wished to “apply for standing as an interested party to this review, please write to the Convenor of the Review Board… Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com or sent to: The Convenor, Classification Review Board, Locked Bag 3, HAYMARKET NSW 1240”
They are accepting submissions until the end of tomorrow (29th of June).
The original decision to refuse classification for the game was met with backlash back in May, from many of the game’s fans.
We Happy Few highlights that issue perfectly. It's banned because it depicts a thing that it overtly sets out to criticise. The censors are shutting down a catalyst for discussion of exactly an issue that they claim to be protecting Australian citizens from.
— Matt Codd (@MC_Odd) May 22, 2018
#WeHappyFew is literally about a dystopian authoritative government, who controls and conditions every aspect of its population’s livelihood.
Why am I not surprised to see how a game that is essentially about Australia, has been banned by authorities?https://t.co/iAStK01lgT
— Nikita Riseley (@NikitaRiseley) May 22, 2018
— 👑✨ adelia✨👑 (@adeliacomplex) May 22, 2018
Australia is known for it’s history of banning popular games rather often compared to other countries, despite a R18+ rating being green-lit in 2013 via parliament. Games that have recieved bans in the past, since the introduction of the R18+ rating include Outlast 2, South Park: The Stick Of Truth, State of Decay, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and Saints Row 4.
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Image Source: We Happy Few’s Announcement Trailer