We Happy Few was not classified in Australia, which made it unsuitable for sale in the country. The reason for it being not classified was apparently the strict policies, on the drug use in the game. This had a lot of Cyberpunk fans in Australia worried, that what would it mean for Cyberpunk 2077? As we all know that not only it is open towards sex and nudity but also drugs and alcohol, so banning We Happy Few probably means no chance for Cyberpunk 2077. Well, the good news is that We Happy Few has been classified with an R 18+. So now it has been deemed suitable to be sold in Australia.
After the game was refused a classification, an appeal was made by publisher Gearbox, which has now been deemed as successful.
If you are interested, according to the board the drug use mechanic in the game, worked in such a way that it served as:
“an incentive or reward for drug use and therefore, the game exceeds the R 18+ classification that states, ‘drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.”
The final report for the classification of the game has also been made available, so if you wish to take a deeper dive into the details, you certainly can.
So now that the game can be sold legally in Australia, it paves a brighter future for Cyberpunk 2077 in Australia.
About Cyberpunk 2077, it is nothing that we are not aware of, the game will definitely be featuring full frontal nudity alongside the fact, that it has a unique take on retro-futurism, music, art, and fashion. So it does not have to be in a form of epiphany, to contemplate that the game will have drugs and alcohol quite too often.
Which would ultimately complicate matters for it being rated, considering the strictness of the Australian board? Although now there is hope for the fans that, if We Happy Few can pave its way then so can Cyberpunk.
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