The future of We Happy Few

We Happy Few hit Game Preview on Xbox One initially, and its general lack of polish and features saw it fade away fairly quickly. Its initial trailer was perhaps a little too promising. It’s quite possible that the Alpha state of the game took players by surprise, leading to disappointment.

The future of We Happy Few

Gearbox, best known for Borderlands, is now involved with the project, lending their backing to bring the game to retail on April 13, 2018. We Happy Few will also pick up even more updates to further flesh out its gameplay (which by the way, has improved considerably since launch), including three playable characters, 250 unique encounters, and a full-length story campaign.

Despite the partnership with Gearbox, We Happy Few will remain the property of Compulsion Games, which brought the project to life from an initial round on Kickstarter. The game will remain Xbox Play Anywhere across Windows 10 and Xbox One, and it will also hit Steam and PlayStation 4 (PS4).

The three protagonists will have unique abilities, stories, and “dark secrets,” according to Compulsion Games, each with their own reasons for wanting to escape the British dystopia. The character’s storylines sound as though they overlap in some ways, as they hunt for freedom and the truth behind Wellington Wells.

Compulsion Games Studio Head Guillaume Provost praised the partnership with Gearbox, emphasizing the goal to deliver the game Compulsion fans expect:

"Our team was humbled by the initial public reception to We Happy Few, and delighted to have this chance to make it bigger. We’re longtime fans of Borderlands, and we’re excited to be part of a line-up that also includes games like Homeworld and Fortnite. Gearbox believed in us from the very beginning, and we think this partnership will make it possible to create the game that our community expects.

Additionally, We Happy Few will pick up another update on Game Preview and Early Access today, dubbed the “Life in Technicolour” update. With an improved UI, upgraded AI, new joy effects, “and more,” the update marks the last feature pack Alpha testers will see ahead of the game’s full launch, as Compulsion shifts development towards finishing the game.

We Happy Few will go all the way up to $59.99 for its retail launch, which should give you a good indication of the quality and depth Compulsion is gunning for. Those who preorder the game will get early access to the Alpha client, while Windows 10 Store customers will get early access later this fall. PC and Xbox One players who own the game already should receive the full game on April 13, 2018, for free. There will also be a Collector’s Edition, priced at $149.99, full of We Happy Few-themed swag.

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I had real high hopes for this until I got it on steam. Hopefully the finished product is much better.

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Yeah I loved the trailer and was really disappointed by everything I read and saw afterwards.

Hopefully it does pick up.

I’ve also missed out on the early access prices.
It’s gone up on Steam and isn’t cheap to preorder on PSN either. Sigh.

Holy shit…50.99 on Steam? Where the fuck are the neckbeards losing their shit on this one like they did Ark? Ark only went to full price a month and a half before release and people lost their minds(not from here) - this game isn’t even close to release. Their release date is 8 months away.

Pretty sure that isn’t even full price, though it isn’t far off.

I think I read it will release at 59.99

There’s going to be a $20 seasons pass as well. I’m just waiting for the loot box announcement.

There’s also a super shiny special magic butt-flossing edition for approximately several times the price. Or something.

We Happy Few Delayed to Summer for Story Improvements

The guys over at Compulsion Games have seen in the New Year with a review of their upcoming game We Happy Few, which is pretty much finished in terms of content, and have made the difficult decision to push back the planned release window from April to a more general “summer” of this year.

The reason given was to restructure the story to bring forward a few of the bigger moments into the first couple of hours of the game, and get into the action quicker as players take on the role of Arthur in the psychotropic 60s world. They also teased some gameplay of the second playable character, Sally.

We Happy Few will now be released in the summer.

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I have been waiting for this, for so long.

Though at this stage, and with that price point (whilst still in Early Access) - I will wait for full release and post-launch reviews before I decide whether to buy.