Originally scheduled for release in April, Compulsion Games has delayed the full release of We Happy Few to Summer 2018. Having come under criticism last year for bumping up the price from a budget title to a full $60 release, and since then adding no new content throughout the Early Access process, Compulsion Games has also opened the doors for Steam refunds for all owners, regardless of when they bought We Happy Few and how long they’ve played it for.
The original price increase came about as a result of Gearbox snapping up publishing duties for We Happy Few last year, with Gearbox leaning on Compulsion to expand We Happy Few into a full $60 boxed product release. The price of We Happy Few in Early Access was raised to $60, but no new content was added, a move that didn’t sit well with fans.
“We have also received feedback that some Steam players felt the new pre-purchase asking price didn’t mesh well with the game being categorized as Early Access,” explains Compulsion Games. “Given all the content we have yet to reveal to the public, we can see their point. That being said, we’ve done a huge amount of work and the scope of the game is substantially increasing over what’s there right now, which is a very unusual situation for Early Access games, especially as we have a retail release on the way. What you guys see right now is definitely not what we see internally.
“We had anticipated that Steam players would be okay with pre-purchase still granting early access, but since we won’t be offering any additional early access updates beyond August’s “Life in Technicolour”, we think having this labeled Early Access and charging the price of a larger game caused more confusion than we had hoped.”
As a result of all this, anyone who owns a Steam copy of We Happy Few can now request a full refund, no questions asked. If you bought We Happy Few before the price rise you will get your initial purchase price back, although you will have to pay the full $60 price if you want it at launch. The ‘Buy’ button is also being temporarily removed from We Happy Few’s Steam store page in order to prevent new players encountering the same situation.
From the sound of things, We Happy Few is a prime example of how not to do Steam Early Access, particularly in terms of the limited number of game updates made available to owners. At least Compulsion Games has taken the strongest possible steps to rectify this situation, however, and anybody not happy with the situation is free to get their cash back.
Any We Happy Few owners tempted by a refund? Or are you in it for the long haul?