Highly anticipated indie sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has failed to secure the expected R18+ rating. As reported by Player Attack, the game instead incurred the dreaded RC (Refused Classification). Unless the publisher of the game, Devolver Digital, is able to successfully appeal the Classification Board’s decision, Hotline Miami 2 will effectively remain banned from sale in this country.
According to the Board, the decision relates to some degree to a graphic scene in which a female character is overpowered and raped by a male character. Such a depiction would represent an escalation over the already brutal standards of the original Hotline Miami, released to widespread acclaim back in 2012.
In technical terms, Hotline Miami 2 was knocked back because it belongs to a category of 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.”
While numerous observers have expressed their discomfort with some of the themes of the game, Devolver Digital’s Chief Financial Officer has advised Australia to “chill the fuck out”.