We All Fall Down is the third and final DLC for We Happy Few. Playing as Victoria Byng, it focuses on the city of Wellington Wells itself, its society, its history and why the Executive Committee decided to build the city into what it is in 1964.[1]

It was released on November 19, 2019[2] and is also part of the We Happy Few Season Pass.

Victoria Byng is the playable protagonist of We All Fall Down. The DLC takes place after she manages to escape from Ollie Starkey in Act III.

Gameplay

The environment is fixed, meaning the layout will be the same on every playthrough.

Victoria gets two weapons, her horse whip and a dart gun. The whip not only functions as a weapon, but also as a platforming mechanic, as Victoria can swing to other platforms.

Victoria braces herself on every fall, meaning that every time the player falls, Victoria doesn't take as much time recovering from the fall like any of the other playable characters.

Walkthrough

The Realization

October 23rd, 1964. Right after Ollie Starkey withdraws Victoria off her Joy during Act III, she knocks him out and escapes her home.

As she wanders through Dunkerton District in search of a Mood Booth, she discovers that Wellies have been eating charcoal due to starvation, a plague outbreak in the Village, and dead bodies lying around on the streets.

After finally making it to the booth, but she stops herself upon the realization of what she's just seen. A Bobby nearby calls her out as a Downer and attacks her.

After escaping the Bobbies she hides out in ransacked building, there she starts to hallucinate her mother talking to her, but shuts her out for the time being. After searching the crumbling house she finds that a group of people had committed suicide via arsenic during a party, further showing her how worse the situation in Wellington Wells is becoming.

She escapes to the sewers and is confronted by the Wastrels who live there, scorning her. Once again she's met with the hallucination of her mother and is given the idea to visit her father about the situation going on in the city.

After using the Underground tracks to get the Victory Memorial Camp, she confronts her father, Robert Byng, who is ultimately dismissive about the city tearing collapsing, saying "[...] if our people realize they're running out of food, they'll kill each other for the last box of V-meat!" before urging her to distract the people and go back on her Joy. Victoria leaves to see Dr. Verloc, who supposedly has a solution to all of this.

Ignorance is Strength

After crossing the dilapidated bridge, fighting off plague-riddled townsfolk, and passing through the ruined streets, she makes it to Waterloo District. After disabling the Downer Detectors, she enters Haworth Labs. However, not only is the labs undergoing 'Beautifcation', but it's also going through a riot.

Victoria takes down the rioters and meets with Verloc, who is no better at finding a solution than her father is. He's also openly dismissive at the lives being lost in the city, saying that they can sustain whoever is left alive.

Victoria leaves, but not before another hallucination of her mother appears again, advising her that people of the city need to get off their Joy, otherwise they would ultimately kill themselves from starvation.

Victoria soon gets the idea of cutting off the Joy supply by destroying the Allocator Hub, hoping that when people come to their senses, her father will finally be able to do something; which is easier said than done, as Verloc now knows that she's off her Joy, and has sent his Joy Doctors after her.

And while Victoria succeeds in destroying the Allocator Hub, her plans don't go into fruition, as the Wellies are still able to get their Joy from the water supply. This prompts Victoria to cut off the water to the city; however, Verloc is aware of what she's doing and tries to stop her again. But, Victoria succeeds once again.

However, this action makes things even worse. Wellies are panicking from the lack of Joy in the Mood Booths and the water, causing them to riot and become Downers. The combination of their memories coming back from when they sent their children away, as well as the current situation of the city, is simply too much to bear.

Victoria doesn't get far through as she's ambushed by a couple of Bobbies and gets sent to jail.

Changing Enemy

Victoria sleeps in her cell and recalls a memory of her mother being sent to jail in India. After waking up she becomes remorseful towards her mother before finding that her cell door is somehow unlocked.

After Victoria explores the prison, whose inmates are all Wellies who's been sent there against their will thanks to Verloc, she runs into Johnny Bolton. Johnny tells her that there is no way to truly fix things as long as Verloc and Haworth Labs are still standing, as they're the ones who are ruining the city with their attempts to keep people on Joy. He convinces her to blow up the facility building with explosives that he managed to put in her house, along with blueprints that he hid in his Hideout in the Square.

Victoria regains her whip from the station and uses it to finally escape the prison. While she's out, she runs into her father, who reveals that he was the one who left her cell door open.

It's here that he shows his true side to his daughter, showing that he has no qualms running away to save his own skin. This angers Victoria, shoving her father to the ground and calling him a coward.

Victoria heads back to her house; which is being occupied by Bobbies who are looking for her. She manages to get the bombs, the plans from Johnny's hideout, and then storms Haworth Labs.

She's confronted by Bobbies, Doctors, and Security Systems, all the while Verloc taunts her over the intercom. Despite this, she manages to defeat and escape them all as she sets up the bombs and activates them, prompting her to escape via the roof.

She escapes... right as Ollie Starkey broadcasts Uncle Jack's last tape.

Death, Destroyer of Worlds

When Victoria comes to her senses, she's greeted to a city completely in disarray. The streets and buildings are ruined with dead Bobbies, Wellies, fire, and rubble all over.

Now that there is no more Joy, combined with Jack's last tape being sent out, and the guilt that they've trying to suppress all this time, Wellies and even the Bobbies are starting to wake up from their drug induced apathy, causing them to become Downers, or rather, regular people; they even discard their Happy Face Masks.

Victoria comes across a group of survivors who lash at her for what she's done, and some even talk about leaving the city; as there is nothing left for them here. One of the survivors even goes as far as making it clear to Victoria that the survivors no longer care what she does or where she goes, but does not want anything to do with her ever again.

Victoria's mother returns to her daughter one last time, saying that she did what needed to be done, even if the survivors don't see it that way. Victoria, now alone, hopes that she did the right thing, and that her mother is hopefully proud of her.

Trivia

  • The DLC's title is referencing the final lines to "Ring Around o' Rosie", a popular children's rhyme.
    • It could be also slight referenced to the Pre-Release game trailers, which plays a different children's rhyme named "London Bridge Is Falling Down", although altered to fit We Happy Few's narrative.[3]

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