After stealing the show during one of Microsoft’s E3 press conferences, sixties inspired We Happy Few entered Steam’s Early Access and Xbox One’s Preview Program. There, those who spent a bit of money could explore its procedurally generated world, while collecting, crafting and attempting to survive.
Today, Compulsion Games and Gearbox Publishing teamed up to announce that more is on the way. What, exactly? A full-length campaign featuring three playable characters, as well as more than 250 different encounters to survive. As such, players can look forward to experiencing everything that sadistic Wellington Wells has to offer, as three moderately terrible people attempt to escape a lifetime of cheerful denial.
Success will require players to take advantage of each character’s unique strengths, all while dealing with their drug-addled (and now crazily cheerful) former friends, co-workers, family members and lovers.
“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,” said Guillaume Provost, Studio Head of Compulsion Games
“Compulsion Games has an amazing game vision and it’s an honor for Gearbox Publishing to contribute to the effort,” said Steve Gibson, Head of Gearbox Publishing.
This isn’t the only new information that has come out of the We Happy Few camp. In fact, the teams behind it have released a plethora of new details. This includes the reveal of both a standard physical edition and a more expensive collector’s edition, which will retail for a whopping $149.99 American dollars. Unsurprisingly, the standard edition will be priced at $59.99.
Those who purchase the Collector’s Edition can look forward to the following goodies:
Uncle Jack alarm clock
“You look smashing” lamp sign
We Happy Few has also received a new “Life in Technicolor” update, which will be its final Early Access improvement. Downloading it will bolster the game with new joy effects, improved artificial intelligence and a better user interface.
Compulsion’s We Happy Few will be released worldwide on April 13th, 2018, and is now available for pre-order through different services, with some retailers offering a 15% discount. Those who do pre-order the game can look forward to receiving the Jolly Brolly in-game weapon, along with platform specific bonuses like access to the alpha version of the game and a free, PS4-only theme. Also, it’s important to mention that those who’ve already purchased the Early Access or Game Preview versions will receive the full thing ‘free of charge.’
While you’re here, make sure to check out the brand new trailer, which is pretty damned cool.