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We Happy Few trailer reveals its creepy alt-'60s setting

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We Happy Few

What if Britain was instead populated by drug-chugging mime-a-likes locked in a permanent state of violent bliss? That's a really strange question, and yet Compulsion Games have seemingly decided to ask it in their new game We Happy Few.

The announcement trailer is equal shades of Bioshock and Doctor Who.

"We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial," explains the official site. "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."

It certainly looks interesting. Compulsion's last game, Contrast, wasn't entirely successful—we gave it 52% in the magazine—but the style on show here is undeniable. Hopefully it'll translate into an eerie adventure, whatever that actually involves.

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.