Yesterday, we announced that Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number was officially too offensive for Australia. Now, publisher Devolver Digital and developer Dennaton Games have spoken out to “clarify a few things”.
The official statement points out that the offensive content is contained in the game’s opening cinematic. This was first shown in June of 2013 and has not been changed since (despite the developer’s claims to the contrary when early playtesters complained about it).
Devolver and Dennaton attempt to excuse the game’s implied rape scene by explaining that players are given “a choice” at the start of the game. “This game contains scenes that allude to sexual violence. Would you like to skip those scenes?”
Even by selecting to avoid the most gratuitous content, the game still shows the protagonist prompted to “FINISH HER” when faced with the only female character in a level, and then seemingly mounting her from behind before a freeze-frame. The girl’s struggle has been cut out and the protagonist keeps his pants on, but the implication remains.
The video below (use your discretion) shows the sequence “in context”, presenting both the uncut version of the game and the version that avoids “sexual violence”.
The statement continues:
In response to the report itself, we are concerned and disappointed that a board of professionals tasked with evaluating and judging games fairly and honestly would stretch the facts to such a degree and issue a report that describes specific thrusting actions that are not simply present in the sequence in question and incorrectly portrays what was presented to them for review.
In closing, Devolver explains that it has no plans to officially challenge the Classification Board’s decision. “We stand by our developers,” the publisher says, hoping to deliver Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number “to fans” very soon.