Compulsion Games recently revealed a glimpse inside their new game, which they have been hard at work developing since their first title, Contrast, released in late 2013. Now they’ve gone one step further and dropped the name and initial teaser trailer. Welcome to We Happy Few, a game which simply oozes BioShock-y vibes with the stylized animation of Contrast.
Previously we were told the game would involve “masks, drugs and memory loss,” and that has been expanded upon briefly in Compulsion’s latest blog post:
We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who don’t take kindly to people who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.
In addition, they will be showing the game off at PAX East, happening March 6-8. Compulsion and We Happy Few will be joining fellow Canadian indie developers in the “Up North Indies” area of the show, including Bishop Games (with the lovely Light Fall) and Chainsawesome Games (with their latest build of Knight Squad).
Compulsion has stated on their forums that they learned during the development of Contrast how insightful the thoughts and feedback of fans can be, which is why they are showing We Happy Few so much earlier in production than they showed Contrast. Even though the game is not being crowdfunded, they still want their audience to be an involved and integral part of development, in order to bring fans the best game they can.
I may not be able to go to PAX East and have a go, but I can at least share a couple new pieces of concept art from We Happy Few with you all.