As 2016 draws nearer and nearer, there are plenty of new games we are dying to play. We’ve been promised a new Star Fox, the long-awaited Mirror’s Edge sequel, a new Deus Ex game, No Man’s Sky and many other huge, groundbreaking games in 2016, which all look amazing.
But there’s one game scheduled for release in 2016 you may not have heard of that you absolutely need to know about: Compulsion Games’s We Happy Few.
From the makers of Contrast comes a game set in a warped utopian society where players must navigate their way through an English town in the 1960s populated by creepy face-painted people doped up on a drug called “Joy”. You play as a “Downer”, a remember of the resistance movement that stands against the mind-altering drug. But of course, resisting “Joy” paints a target on your back.
We Happy Few is a first-person survival game, complete with permadeath and procedurally-generated levels. You’re given basic objectives, but never too much direction on how exactly to find them. You’ll only have your wits to complete your objectives as you wander around the cobbled streets and fairytale-style buildings to find clues, but don’t blow your cover. Because once you’re dead, there’s no coming.
If you have any aversion to mimes, do not watch the trailer for We Happy Few below. If you want to get excited for the most promising indie horror game of 2016, click play.
If We Happy Few is even half as suspenseful as the trailer when finished, the game will be a resounding success because I haven’t felt this tense since junior high.
Beautiful, colourful and incredibly creepy, this indie horror game feels like it has all the making to turn everyone who plays it into an insomniac. And we like it.
We Happy Few is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016 and will be available on Xbox One, Windows, Mac and Linux.