Hotline Miami 2 refused classification in Australia

Posted January 15, 2015 by Dominic Barbiran in Games
Despite an R+18 rating being introduced, Hotline Miami 2 has been deemed “too offensive” for Australians, and is effectively banned from the country.

An implied rape scene is what prompted the Classification Board to refuse classification for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number for Australians. To refuse classification is to effectively ban the game from release.

The board released this excerpt from the games report:

In the sequence of game play footage titled Midnight Animal, the protagonist character bursts into what appears to be a movie set and explicitly kills 4 people, who collapse to the floor in a pool of copious blood, often accompanied by blood splatter. After stomping on the head of a fifth male character, he strikes a female character wearing red underwear. She is knocked to the floor and is viewed lying face down in a pool of copious blood. The male character is viewed with his pants halfway down, partially exposing his buttocks. He is viewed pinning the female down by the arms and lying on top of her thrusting, implicitly raping her (either rear entry or anally) while her legs are viewed kicking as she struggles beneath him. This visual depiction of implied sexual violence is emphasised by it being mid-screen, with a red backdrop pulsating and the remainder of the screen being surrounded by black.

The Australian Classification Guidelines are adamant in censoring any kind of sexualised violence in video games, so we aren’t exactly surprised with this decision, just extremely disappointed. We have little choice now but to wait for the developers Dennaton Games and/or the publisher Devolver Digital about whether or not they’ll appeal the decision or maybe release a modified version of the game, much like Obsidian did with South Park: The Stick of Truth.

The R+18 rating was officially implemented in January 1, 2013. Saints Row IV became the first game to be refused classification under the new standard on 25 June 2013. Less than 24 hours after Saints Row was banned, State of Decay became the second game to be refused classification.

Hotline Miami 2 Screen

Screenshot of the game, depicting it’s trademark, stylized ultra-violence
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