'We Happy Few' is no longer banned in Australia.

We Happy Few screenshot

We Happy Few screenshot

The upcoming indie survival and adventure game is due for release in August this year, but had hit a bump in the road after Australia's notoriously strict classification board had handed it a rating of RC (refused classification) in May this year because of the way the game depicts drug use.

However, following a successful appeal from developers at Compulsion Games, the rating has been overturned, and has instead been given an R18+ classification, meaning the game will still be released in the country.

A statement from the Classification Review Board reads: "A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game 'We Happy Few' is classified R18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice 'Fantasy violence and interactive drug use'.

"The National Classification Code and Classification Guidelines requires the treatment of drug use to not exceed high at the R18+ level. In the Classification Review Board's opinion 'We Happy Few' warrants an R18+ classification because the interactive drug use is high in impact. The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the computer game was no greater than high."

In the game, players are encouraged to take a drug named "Joy" in order to blend in with the rest of society and stop enemies in the game from killing your character.

Following the new decision, Compulsion Games issued their own statement on their website, thanking everybody who supported them on their quest to get the game released in Australia.

They wrote: "We are extremely pleased with the decision of the board and excited that our Australian fans and new players will be able to experience We Happy Few without modification. We want to thank everybody who got involved in the discussion, contacted the board and sent us countless messages of support. Your involvement made a huge difference."