Austrailian Classification Board Denies Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

The Australian Classification Board, the entity in charge of rating and classifying media in Australia, has denied Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital’s Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number classification. Without classification, that means the game cannot be released in Australia per their rules. According to the classification board, any games that meet the following criteria will be refused classification.

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.

Publisher Devolver Digital released a statement on the matter:

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.

Though we have no plans to officially challenge the ruling, 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.”

Dennaton’s decision to allow players the choice to avoid any sexual violence is a smart one, and if the accusations that the classification board claimed things that aren’t true is accurate, this is a matter that stretches far beyond the release of a single video game. I applaud the publisher’s backing of their developer, and their support of their own artistic choices.

No release date is scheduled for a release on our shores, but if anything, I suspect this may actually drum up even more interest for the highly anticipated title.

Source: Kotaku Australia