‘We Happy Few’ Kickstarts a psychedelic dystopia

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Welcome, my friends. It’s another fabulous day to start a Kickstarter.

The residents of Wellington Wells have done something unforgivable, but no one remembers what that something is. However, there is no need to worry. Uncle Jack is here to ensure every Wellie continues to forget the past and leads a blissful life. Even if it kills them.

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, retro-futuristic city in an alternative history 1964 England, you’ll 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.

In We Happy Few, players take on the persona of a Wellie who has stopped taking their Joy and is desperately trying to escape the city before society collapses. The name of the game isn’t stealth per say, but rather blending in when trying to leave Wellington.

Described as a procedurally generated rogue-like game, players will most certainly die several times before figuring how to walk through town without being chased by an angry mob. After each death, a completely new Wellington will be generated for players to experience.

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We Happy Few first made a splash at PAX East in March of this year and has been gaining steam ever since. Since We Happy Few is in the hands of the same studio that brought us Contrast, we are no doubt in for a wild ride. The Kickstarter for the game launched Thursday, June 4. At the time this article was written, 1,400 Wellies had already pledged $44,025 in order to complete the game.

Intrigued? You should be. Thinking of backing the project? Head over to We Happy Few’s Kickstarter my friend. Anyone who pledges $60 or more will gain access to the pre-alpha build on Steam.

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