The Australian Classification Board administered a Refused Classification, or RC rating to Devolver Digital’s Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number on Wednesday, January 14th. Materials that receive a RC rating by law cannot be sold, hired, advertised, or legally imported into Australia. The Classification Board had this statement on their webpage regarding the video game:
The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as 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.”
This ban reportedly comes from the game’s opening cinematic that alludes to rape. Devolver Digital responded on their blog to the ban:
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.
You can watch the opening cinematic as well as the option to remove the sexual content below.
Following the ban, a Redditor contacted developer Jonatan Söderström on how best to obtain the game in Australia. Söderström’s response? “Just pirate it after release“. So there you go Australian gamers, permission to pirate a game you know and love.