There’s just something inherently creepy about a nursery rhyme turned sinister. Really anything with children and horror just seems to ratchet up the uncomfortable feelings: think the sisters in The Shining or the little screamers in Dying Light. The shivers… Here’s a new dose of that icky feeling from Compulsion Games, with their latest We Happy Few trailer for Gamescom 2015.

This trailer is equal parts Bioshock, Dishonored, American McGee, Stepford Wives and Tim Burton mixed up in a deliciously creepy audiovisual stew. A dark version of ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ plays as an unseen character looks upon some dark deeds by Guy Fawksian-style masked policemen. This is interspersed with footage of broken-down, ramshackle homes and bodies, as the lyrics emphasize the part about, “take the keys and lock them up”.

The singer’s voice becomes more unnerving. He insists that “everything is quite all right”, as our citizen behind the screen struggles with a masked man. Ultimately the struggle is in vain. A needle plunges towards the screen and then fade to black. Compulsion is definitely setting a strong tone for their upcoming game.

We Happy Few is currently scheduled for PC, Mac, Linux and Xbox One in 2016. Keep it right here at OnlySP for the latest news on We Happy Few and the rest of the single player games showing at Gamescom 2015.

James Schumacher
Freelance writer and used-to-be artist based out of the Pacific Northwest. I studied Game Art & Design in college. I have been writing web content for the last 6 years, including for my own website dedicated to entertainment, gaming & photography. I have been playing games dating back to the NES era. My other interests are film, books and music. I sometimes pretend to be great at photography. You can find me on Youtube, Twitch, Twitter, 500px, DeviantArt and elsewhere under my nick: JamesInDigital.

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