If you want to play Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number when it comes out, just pirate it… If you live in Australia.
Game ratings work a bit differently down under, and Dennaton Games found its game refused classification by the Australian Classification Board for implied sexual violence:
The computer game is classified RC [Refused Classification] in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games that ‘depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.'”
Dennaton’s publisher, Devolver Digital, says they don’t have any plans to challenge the classification. In a post on their site, Devolver Digital said:
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.
The full statement is available on the official website, along with a YouTube video depicting the scene with and without the violence in question (as the game features the option to disable said content).
So what’s an Aussie gamer to do?
Pirate it, says co-creator Jonatan Söderströmm.
“No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!”
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number’s chances don’t look too good right now. If you’re gaming in Australia and hankering for some ultra-violence, you might have to take extreme measures. Such as going outside and watching just about any of your wildlife.