'We Happy Few' set for multiplatform launch in April 2018

Many gamers played it in early access, but people were still surprised by the story demo of We Happy Few during last year’s E3. After partnering with Gearbox Publishing, developer Compulsion Games is upping the ante as the game nears its formal release in April 2018. New content on the way includes a full-length story campaign played through three different characters and more than 250 unique encounters.

Those who have already played the game through Early Access or the Game Preview Program have been able to explore a portion of the procedurally generated world. With their character, they have collected, crafted, and interacted with the Joy-obsessed society of Wellington Wells.

With the help of Gearbox Publishing, players will get to experience improved mechanics as they control three new protagonists. Using stealth, combat, and conformity, players will uncover these characters’ reasons for giving up artificial happiness. Each playable character has their own strengths and dark secrets. Along the way to surviving among their drugged-up neighbors, friends, and lovers, they may uncover some long-buried secrets of Wellington Wells.

“Our team was humbled by the initial public reception to We Happy Few, and delighted to have this chance to make it bigger,” says Guillaume Provost, studio head for Compulsion Games. “Gearbox believed in us from the very beginning, and we think this partnership will make it possible to create the game that our community expects.”

We Happy Few launches both digitally and physically for Xbox One, Windows 10, and PlayStation 4 on April 13, 2018. Players can pre-order their copy of the game now for $60, with a 15 percent discount at participating retailers. Pre-ordering will earn players the in-game Jolly Brolly Parasol weapon. In addition, buying through the Microsoft Store, Steam, GOG, or the Humble Store will grant access to the alpha version of the game immediately. For those already playing through Early Access or the Game Preview Program, the full version of We Happy Few is available at no extra cost.

A limited-edition We Happy Few Collector’s Set is calsooming soon for $150. Buyers receive a replica Bobby mask, a “You Look Smashing” lamp, a vinyl copy of the soundtrack, a Joy alarm clock, and more. Keep in mind, this edition does not include a copy of the game so that Early Access players can purchase it separately.

Lastly, a Life in Technicolour update releases today for Early Access as the last major update before the full game launches.

Gaming

The history of Battle Royale: From mod to worldwide phenomenon

Battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ and Fortnite have become the biggest trend in video games. The genre is also pushing the envelope in streaming and eSports in a way that might hint at the future of the industry.
Product Review

Hue who? Nanoleaf Canvas brings a riot of color and vibrancy to the smart home

Fun and festive, Nanoleaf Canvas feature lighting adds personality and vibrancy to any room. Nanoleaf Canvas features squares that you can connect in any configuration you’d like. Sync to music, play games, or relax in soothing light.
Gaming

Cops called to handle ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ noise end up playing the game

A group of friends were playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch when cops arrived to respond to noise complaints from neighbors. In an unexpected twist, the officers ended up playing the game, too.
Gaming

These are the best video games you shouldn't leave 2018 without

Developers showed up with a number of amazing games this year. Each capitalized on something unique but there's always one that outdoes them all. Here are our picks for the best video games of 2018 and game of the year.
Gaming

‘Kingdom Hearts III’ out in the wild, director asks for support to stop spoilers

Kingdom Hearts III has been leaked, with several copies of the game out in the wild. The game's director, Tetsuya Nomura, responded to the situation, calling for help from gamers to stop spoilers from spreading online.
Gaming

The DualShock 4 is one of the best controllers ever, and you can use it with a PC

Sony's new DualShock 4 controller has become a fan favorite, and some people want to use it with a PC. Here's how to connect your DualShock 4 and start using it, either with an official adapter, or unofficial software.
Gaming

Project Stream testers get to keep a free copy of ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

Those who participated in Google's technical test of Project Stream won't be able to access the service to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey after January 15, but they'll get to keep the game on PC anyway.
Gaming

Newest ‘Destiny 2’ raid already completed by two-person team

The latest raid in Destiny 2: Forsaken is Scourge of the Past, and a two-person team has already managed to complete it. The task took 15 hours of trial-and-error effort before the duo managed to take down the final boss.
Gaming

The 25 best SNES games

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System might be the greatest game console ever made, but what are the best titles for the system? Here are our picks for the best SNES games, including A Link to the Past and Chrono Trigger.
Deals

Need a discounted Xbox bundle by Christmas? Walmart has you covered

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both come and gone, but you can still save some cash on a new Xbox One bundle at Walmart. Both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X are on sale now.
Gaming

With our Steam guide, you can give the gift of gaming this holiday season

The holidays may have passed, but it's always a good time to give the gift of gaming (especially when there's a Steam sale)! Here's our quick guide on how to give a Steam game as a gift.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ update 7.10 brings a rotating selection of modes big and small

The latest update for Fortnite introduces 14 Days of Fortnite, an event that brings back large and small battle royale modes as well as brand new ones to enjoy during the holiday season.
Gaming

New Xbox consoles are reportedly code-named ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Lockhart’

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox plans reportedly consist of two separate consoles. One, called "Lockhart," is a more affordable machine, while "Anaconda" is designed with more horsepower.
Gaming

Who needs a Switch? These 25 games prove there's fun to be found on 3DS

The 3DS is home to a large library, including some of the greatest games Nintendo has ever published. We've compiled this list of some of the best Nintendo 3DS games currently available.