Bizarre Hotline Miami 2 voicemail hints at March release

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Late yesterday afternoon, a strange number appeared on the Hotline Miami 2 Twitter feed. A telephone number, to be precise, and so I did what any normal person would do when confronted with an unadorned phone number on the internet: I called it.

A message played after I dialed in, predictably bizarre and slightly garbled, but as best as I could make it out, it went like this: "We are 50 Blessings. Together we march—m-m-m-m-march—into the future. You have reached a wrong number."

Devolver Digital did something similar a couple years ago for the original Hotline Miami, but this time around there's no option to leave a voicemail, nor to enter the extension, 10, that's included with the number. The likelihood would instead seem to be that it's a sly way of revealing the launch date: March (M-m-m-m-march) 10. Not March 50: According to the Hotline Miami wiki, which I refer to because I am neither smart nor twitchy enough to be able to finish it myself, 50 Blessings is a faction from the game. Also, there's no such thing as March 50.

The Hotline Miami account hasn't tweeted since it posted the number, but March 10 would fit with the target of late 2014 or early 2015 that was given when Hotline Miami 2 was delayed back in October 2014. Mark your calendars—oh, and give it a try for yourselves, if you can spare the dime, at (786) 519-3708, ext 10.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.