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Hotline Miami 2 pushed back, possibly to 2015

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Dennaton's Hotline Miami was a heck of a game: weird, warped, fantastic soundtrack. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, as evidenced by this trailer, promises more of the same, and was expected to arrive this fall. Alas, it's going to take a bit longer than expected.

It's impossible to nail down the extent of the delay, since Hotline Miami 2 never had a release target more precise than the Q3 of this year, nor does it now. But given that we're in October, Q3 is definitely out the window. Here's what the game's official account tweeted:

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A follow up tweet added: "Your patience is appreciated and will ultimately be rewarded with everything you hoped for and nothing like what you expected." That last bit is a little cryptic. I expect a bloody, top-down action game with some bizarre plot twists that may or may not make me consider my complicity in the culture of casual violence that permeates Western society. Will I get a point-and-click adventure instead? Perhaps something Peggle-esque, or a hidden object adventure?

Any or all of which would be perfectly fine with me, for the record, but I suspect the great likelihood is that it will look much as it does in the 80-plus minute gameplay video that leaked out in August—which is to say, very much like it's predecessor, only even more lurid and deranged. That's okay too.

Andy Chalk
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.