We Happy Few, the psychedelic horror survival game set in 1960’s-era England, has been delayed once again. In an exceptionally candid YouTube video, the team at Compulsion Games said they are taking the time to rebuild the first few hours of the game. That extra effort will move its release date from April 2018 into this summer.
In We Happy Few, players will initially take on the role of Arthur, a man trapped in a dystopian version of the U.K. where everyone is hooked on a bliss-inducing drug called “Joy.” Players will need to moderate their intake of the drug in order to see the world around them as it truly is, while behaving in a way that does not draw suspicion.
The project began with a Kickstarter campaign, which closed in 2015, before moving into early access on Steam and Xbox One. The current gameplay blends elements of the survival genre with open-world exploration games, but the title will also feature three narrative campaigns. It’s the initial playthroughs of one of those campaigns that are causing the team to pause and 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.”
Later in the video, Compulsion also reveals part of the narrative for the game’s second main character, Sally, which you can view around the two-minute mark. The third playable character has not yet been revealed.