We Happy Few misses its Joy and gets delayed

The psychedelic survival horror game from Compulsion Games, We Happy Few, has been delayed. The studio announced the delay in a YouTube Video stating that they will be taking time to rebuild  the first few hours of the game and because of that extra effort, it will move from its original release date of April 2018 to a summer release window.

We Happy Few began as a kickstarter campaign before moving to early access on Steam and Xbox One. The early access blended elements of the survival genre with open-world exploration and was set in a dystopian version of U.K. where everyone is hooked on a bliss-inducing drug called “Joy.”

The game was picked up by Gearbox Publishing, and it was then that Compulsion announced three narrative campaigns, however it was during the initial playthrough of one of those domains that are causing the team to reevaluate.

“There are these moments that are memorable, very funny, and super weird and we’re really excited to show you all” said the game’s producer, Sam Abbott. “But we felt that the first two hours of Arthur’s story just didn’t live up to those moments, meaning that the game didn’t start as well as it should. So we went back to the drawing board and made a couple of big decisions: we brought forward a number of story moments, to get into the action faster, and also rebuilt the whole first island for Arthur.”

The video also gives us our first look at the game’s second announced character – Sally. The third player has yet to be announced.