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Post by Eorl @ 01:36pm 16/01/15 | 7 Comments
After yesterday's news that Dennaton Games' highly-anticipated top-down ultra-violent sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been refused classification in Australia, meaning the game can no longer be sold or distributed in the country, the dev has given some simple advice to those still wanting the game: just pirate it.

A fan was upset the game won't be available in Australia, and he wants to support the developer and would rather not get into legal trouble. He wrote an e-mail to the game developer to ask for some guidance on how to handle the situation. The game's lead designer, Jonatan Söderström, wrote back with simple advice:
If it ends up not being release in Australia, just pirate it after release.

No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!
Dennaton has confirmed the legitimacy of the email, which seems to suggest that they are quite happy with the idea of those unable to gain access to the game legitimately to take it into their own hands. Of course for those that can pay and access the game its recommended taking the legitimate path, but this is certainly an easy way to stick to the man if your local rating's system limits what you can and can't play.

Publisher Devolver has also hit back at the Australian Classification Board, stating they are committed to Dennaton's vison of the game and that they won't be challenging the report, despite feeling it contains inaccuracies.

“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,” the publisher said.

“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.”

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Latest Comments
Posted 03:25pm 16/1/15
If it ends up not being release in Australia, just pirate it after release.
No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!

Cool developer. That makes me want to send them money even more, damn it.
Posted 04:10pm 16/1/15
While awesome response, I was really hoping to play this on my Vita :(
Posted 05:17pm 16/1/15
I thought the usual workaround was to remove the offending stuff then include it in the DLC then again why put raping in a game in the first place? and why wasn't FarCry 2 banned for "implied" animal cruelty and needle use, i have crashed into and killed every animal in the game and have hit and run just about every one.
Posted 09:17pm 16/1/15
The classification board probably just had a look at the cover and went nope.
Posted 11:34pm 16/1/15
It's a trivial matter get a digital copy or grey import these days. don't let our political crap stop you from enjoying a game that interests you.
Posted 01:38pm 17/1/15
so what happens if you get caught playing it? I mean if it's now "legal" to just download it, but the game is still banned, wouldn't that still make it illegal to acquire? Like weed, s***'s legal elsewhere but not here.
Posted 02:04pm 17/1/15
First this I said when it was banned was TORRENT IT. Looks like the dev team are good sports.
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