Hotline Miami 2 refused classification in Australia
Devolver Digital responds to the effective banishment
Devolver Digital's Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been refused classification in Australia, meaning it's effectively been banned in the region. It's an unfortunate fate that the uncensored versions of both Saints Row 4 and South Park: Stick of Truth were met with before it.
According to the Australian Classification Board, Hotline Miami 2 was refused classification because it's among a category of games which "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."
Taking to the company blog, here's what Devolver Digital had in response to the unfortunate classification:
We are aware of the recent report published by the Australian Classification Board in regards to Hotline Miami 2 and have been in communication with them. As such, we and Dennaton Games would like to clarify a few things:
First, to clear up any possible misconceptions, the opening cinematic that was first shown in June of 2013 has not changed in any way. We also want to make clear that players are given an choice at the start of the game as to whether they wish to avoid content that alludes to sexual violence. The sequence in question is presented below in context, both after choosing the uncut version of the game and after choosing to avoid content that alludes to sexual violence.
Second, 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.
Here is the scene in question.
The publisher says they have no plans on challenging the ruling, but added "we stand by our developers, their creative vision for the storyline, its characters and the game and look forward to delivering Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number to fans very soon."