Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number publishers respond to Australia ban

Hotline Miami 2 Wrong Number Midnight Animal scene 1

Devolver have released the "Midnight Animal" scene that is causing some controversy with the Australian Classification Board.

Earlier today we saw the news that the Australian Classification Board had refused to give a rating to Dennaton and Devolver Digital's Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, and now the publishers have responded.

First up you will want to head on over to our earlier post, that has a link to the description of the scene in question, which appears to have been the reason for the game not receiving a rating.

In a blog post over on Devolver's website they have issued a statement regarding the game and hope 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."

The publishers say that have been in contact with the board, but  they have "no plans to officially challenge the ruling."

Devolver have also shared the scene in question in the video below. It gives you a look at both variations - the first with the "content that alludes to sexual violence" on, and the second with it off. It appears to be the opening scene of the game, so spoilers are not really an issue. Viewer discretion is advised, however.

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