Compulsion Games have teamed up with Gearbox Software to bring out their current gaming project early next year. Survival horror game We Happy Few has just been given a worldwide release date of April 13, 2018, which is not only coming to PC and Xbox One, but also the PlayStation 4. Alongside the announcement comes a surreal trailer to get the nerves shook and the heart pumping – it’s safe to say this is going to be a tense game to experience.
The trailer starts with a cut scene of one of the Wellington Wells resident’s attempting to flee three eerily masked assailants. It’s unclear who they are, but it’s certainly clear they aren’t normal as their masks are euphorically warped into wide grins. It switches over to gameplay footage exploring the town, in first-person camera. The swift snippets of environment encompass a range contrasting landscapes, some colourful and vibrant, others depressing and dark. There is little explanation given, but I can’t help but wonder what in the world in going on in Wellington Wells.
“Uncover the shocking truth as three moderately terrible people escape cheerful denial” is the only information we are given as the trailer nears its end, finally asking us “Have you taken your Joy? Put on your happy face”. There is something not right in this town and I’m dying to know what it is that has everyone so psychotically blissful. Finally at the end we see the fleeing resident apprehended before being forced to swallow a pill, at which his look of terror is replaced with one of calm.
Set in the 1960’s, post World War I, We Happy Few tells the tale of a dystopian small island town and its inhabitants. Contrary to history’s actual order of events during WWI, the ‘Final Solution’ was triggered several years before it was supposed to, thus causing a chain reaction of catastrophic proportions for Britain and the countries nearby. It’s up to the player to uncover the truth and learn the diabolical events that took place 50 years prior.
We Happy Few is due for worldwide release April 13, 2018 and will be available on PC, Xbox One, and for the first time PS4. It will come with additional story content, not included in its initial early access release, as well as planned DLC after it’s April arrival date.