A brand-new We Happy Few update is live now on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Read on for the full low-down of what’s new and what has been changed in the We Happy Few 1.7 update. We’ve got the skinny on the brand-new Arcade Mode, bug fixes, and more thanks to our We Happy Few 1.7 update patch notes, which can be seen right near the bottom of this guide.
We Happy Few 1.7 update highlights
The 1.7 update for We Happy Few brings with it three new modes. These are all under the banner of Arcade Mode, however. They’re 100 percent free additions to the base game, too, which is nice. The three new modes are as follows:
- Night’s Watch mode: Play as Constable Constable in the Night’s Watch mode. In this mode, you’ll hunt Downers in the dark streets at night. There’s a unique enemy to fight in this mode, too.
- Sandbox mode: The Sandbox mode is the place to be if you just want to have fun. You’ll be able to alter the procedural general system of We Happy Few here, with often unexpected results. Do what you want here. If anything goes wrong, though, it’s your own head.
- Survival mode: Early Access players may remember Survival mode. It’s now back, albeit with a few changes. All story content is removed, but new areas, tiles, onboarding, and a new scoring system have been added. How long will you survive?
You’ll be able to save in these modes and choose between them all in when deciding which file to load.
DLC, bug fixes, and more
Alongside the new Arcade mode, the 1.7 update is also adding in a bunch of new content. Right off the bat, it paves the way towards eventual We Happy Few DLC. Plenty of bug and stability fixes have been made, too, which includes a fix for that pesky spinning camera issue after climbing atop televisions. There’s a lot of patch notes to go through, and you can find all the details featured below.
We Happy Few 1.7 update patch notes
• Survival mode Added – Survival mode is a return to the Early Access survival experience. It has had all story elements removed, and is a mostly systemic mode. The mode includes tiles from the story mode that have had story elements removed, new areas and tiles, new onboarding, and a scoring system added.
• Night’s Watch mode Added – Night’s Watch is the opportunity to play as one of the wellies – or in this case, Constable Constable. You’ll have to hunt Downers throughout the night to make sure the streets are safe for the citizens of Wellington Wells in the morning and includes a new enemy to fight.
• Sandbox mode Added – Sandbox mode allows you to tweak and change the procedural general system We Happy Few uses, with sometimes unpredictable results. Options that might result in unusual visual features or weird AI issues are marked with warnings, so use those settings at your own discretion. Basically, this is a mode to mess around in, and cheat/have fun as you’d like.
• Added game type indication to save game info when loading games.
• Added DLC menu.
• Fixed a crash on consoles when loading a save game inside the Doctor HQ in Arthur’s playthrough. This should unblock progression for anyone whose saved games were consistently crashing in this location.
• Fixed rare crash/infinite loading issues.
• UI fixes.
• Fixed issues with patrols/navmesh failing, causing NPCs to be in unusual places.
• Fixed issues with NPCs teleporting/attaching directly to you during combat.
• You can now equip a single gas mask when multiple are owned.
• Rarely, Doctors’ saw weapons had collision and could make characters bounce erratically when both come in contact.
• Bobbies wearing gas mask are no longer immune to caltrops. That was quite silly.
• Added missing prompt to unlock a water pump if character has a lockpick already crafted in their inventory.
• Climbing onto the televisions in the streets no longer causes the camera to spin wildly.
• Opening the map no longer causes the current quest map marker to persist after the quest is completed.
• Player can no longer slip into areas when metal shutters open for NPCs (could break quests).
• Rain should no longer show up in the interior of the joy factory.
• Reloading the initial auto save will now correctly unlock the recipes for the Jolliest Brolly and Not So Jolly Brolly.
• Entering a shop at the same time as night comes causes no longer causes the player to be trapped inside.
• Spankers inside Wellie houses can no longer hit the player through walls and closed doors (tiny collision missing in the door frame).
• Bodies you are carrying will no longer disappear if there are too many corpses nearby.
• The term “non-lethal kills” in the statistics menu was dumb and now is less dumb (“takedowns”).
• Subtitle/language fixes (including several Britishisms fixed).
• Localization fixes (including Arthur’s final cutscene – now translated correctly).
• Fixed various stuck spots/locations where you could access areas inappropriately (causing issues).
• Many small fixes, like animation skips, clipping art, etc.
• Collecting a memory mask while the player character is talking will no longer result in the VO of the mask not playing.
• Broadcasts: Uncle Jack shows will now unlock in all cases when listening and looking at wall protruding screens in the Village.
• Fixed an issue with the “Gimme Shelter” achievement caused by failing the “A Model Citizen” quest.
• Fixed an issue with the “Cat Burglar” achievement, where getting hit while picking up a fake cat statue could cause it to disappear.
• Fixed an issue with the “Arthur Haste-ings achievement” caused by consuming a random obsolete phlash pill that could be found in an obscure location. Using any phlash pill should now unlock this achievement.
• NPCs should no longer clip into the ground near the Rubble Pile at the Water Pumps.
• Removed unobtainable chest in the middle of a watch tower in the military camp.
• Fixed some save incompatibility issues and other blockers for players using saves from version 1.5 or earlier.
• Fixed rare/obscure/conditional quest blocking issues with the Church of Simon Says, the Cult of Jack, Hallucinogenic Salad, Haworth Labs, Plough Boy’s Lunch, Possibly Heinous Package / Superb Meat Boy, Really Bad Gas, Speaker’s Corner, Cathouse, Rorke’s Drift Bridge, Home Cooking/Connect the Dots, Duck Soup, Plassey Bridge, Military Camp, Manned Flight, So Foul and Faraday.
• Ed Macmillan can no longer be lost. If you drop him, and he despawns, he’ll reappear at the point where you picked him up.
• Arthur – Alabaster Bobby in Haworth Labs will no longer find an adjacent room more interesting that the room he should be in (allowing him to be fought in all cases).
• Arthur – Edie Goes Downer: Loading in a game with the encounter/quest completed, no longer causes Arthur to repeat his quest completion dialog.
• Arthur – English Vice: Reform Club NPC barks are no longer persistent after leaving the level.
• Arthur – Future Perfect: Fixed incomplete video during “The House Of The Future” video with Jack.
• Arthur – Letter Of Transit: Fixed narrative inconsistency with Arthur mentioning cod liver oil before he knows he needs it.
• Arthur – Ravensholm – The Scottish Play: Ollie’s model now behaves correctly with lighting during the cutscene.
• Arthur – The English Vice: Using the shock baton “Tickler” no longer causes the NPCs in the Reform Club to teleport.
• Arthur – The Great Stink: Fixed issue that could cause the worker keycard not to be available when needed. Any players stuck at this point should find a worker keycard either in their inventory or on the ground near the entrance to the underground.
• Arthur – The Scottish Play – Military Camp: Turning the subtitle option on, at the military base entrance, no longer displays a full page of dialogue obstructing the player’s view.
• Ollie – Lud’s Holm: Jumping under the Salamanca Bridge no longer causes the player to respawn stuck under the bridge.
• Ollie – Manned Flight: No more auto-saves after triggering Manned Flight and can’t manually save after completing the first objective. Fixes progression blocker in this area.
• Ollie – No Place Like Home: The second Bobby no longer notices Victoria immediately.
• Ollie – The Gung Hoster: The objective marker in this quest is now a location marker, and will show the location of where to find the explosives and Private Baden-Powell properly.
• Ollie – The Truth Shall Set You Free – Uncle Jack’s broadcast video will now pause appropriately during the cinematic for his last broadcast
• Ollie – Jericho: During the intro cutscene, the items Ollie takes out of his bag no longer have a duplicated version of them already on the table.
• Physics – Corporal Cheeseman and other NPCs on patrol should no longer fall out of world when hit by Ollie with an enhanced cricket bat.
• Sally – Hope Chest – Worldgen: A large patch of grass surrounding the chest no longer has a kill volume.
• Sally – Train Station now has a POI marker on the map.
• Fixed several issues related to dashboard use when saving/loading.
• Fixed rare save game corruption issue. Save games could become larger than the UWP allowance, preventing them from being registered. Resolves issues encountered by Xbox Game Pass players who use the Play Anywhere feature.
PlayStation 4 Only
• Fixed multiple PlayStation 4-specific crash issues, some black textures, and more minor PS4 graphical issues.
• Arthur – Hostile Takeover – Disable Motilene Pumps: The electric beam blocking the way is no longer invisible.
• Note that as Playstation 4 players did not receive update 1.6, their 1.7 update includes all fixes from the 1.6 update as well. Over 1000 bug fixes and optimization improvements in total.