Thursday, June 14, 2018

It seems We Happy Few is still PS4-bound.

At Microsoft's press conference, you'll remember, Xbox announced that they had acquired a bunch of studios - a very good thing!  One of those studios is Compulsion Games, developers of We Happy Few

I can't say that We Happy Few will be any good - Contrast, the studio's stylish double-A indie puzzle-platformer from 2013 was not a very good game - but we can say that We Happy Few has always looked pretty interesting.  You're the one dude in the retro-futuristic town of Wellington Wells who's not drinking the Kool-Aid that keeps the rest of the population happy and pliant as their community falls to ruin, and it has some AI-driven stealth gameplay that feels like the rich worlds of BioShock or Dishonored, but without all the supernatural abilities. 

It's a game I want to be good, and a game I wanted to keep an eye on - it was announced for PS4 in 2018 - but news that Microsoft had bought the studio raises questions about the game's exclusivity.  Worth noting, when the announcement was made, it was pointed out on the Xbox main stage that the game would be published by Gearbox. 

I went searching for an official feed of this year's E3 trailer to find some more details, but came up empty.  Then, I finally found the trailer on Gearbox's YouTube channel.  It was posted on Sunday, June 10th - the same day as Microsoft's presser. 

"Uncover the mystery of Wellington Wells as you play through the interwoven narratives of three moderately terrible citizens trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial.

"We Happy Few" will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and PC on August 10, 2018."
First, I love that explanation of the game.  Second... yeah, still multiplatform.  I guess whatever deal Microsoft has made for the studio doesn't apply to the studio's next game - or perhaps simply doesn't supersede a previously-made publishing agreement with Gearbox.


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