Back at Gamescom 2015 we saw a trailer for a psychedelic nightmare of a game titled We Happy Few, which is set in what’s described as a “drug-fueled, retro-futuristic city in an alternative 1960s England.” In the game you either take your medicine and stay nice and happy with everyone else, or things can go bad on you quickly.
Technically the game is still being made. It’s available to buy via Early Access on Steam, Game Preview on Xbox One, or Games in Development on GOG, but hasn’t been fully completed yet. Still, it’s been played by enough people and made enough of an impression to catch the attention of Hollywood. It’s been announced that a movie based on We Happy Few is now in development.
The game’s developer, Compulsion Games, has joined up with dj2 Entertainment for to develop the movie, which will be through the producer of the Pitch Perfect and My Big Fat Greek Wedding franchises, Gold Circle Entertainment.
Paul Brooks of Gold Circle produces alongside dj2’s Dmitri M. Johnson and Dan Jevons, with dj2’s Stephan Bugaj executive producing.
Of the announcement Compulsion Games’ Guillaume Provost said:
“Dmitri, Stephan, and Dan approached us enthusiastically with really solid ideas about how to adapt our game to film while retaining its menace, dark humor, and central themes.”
Here’s a description of the game’s story:
We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of slightly terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful delusion. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative history 1964 England, the player will have to blend in with its other citizens, who don’t take kindly to people who don’t abide by their not so normal rules.
The game takes place in Wellington Wells, a city located in the southwest of England in 1964. In 1933, this world deviated from our own, and the Germans successfully invaded and occupied England during World War 2. Most of England is rubble, as is a fair part of Wellington Wells.
However, during the Occupation, the Wellies all had to do A Very Bad Thing. To calm their anguish and guilt and forget what they’d done the Wellies invented Joy, the miracle happiness drug.
In addition to the trailer and gameplay at the link above, you can see another gameplay demo for We Happy Few right here if interested.
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