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Hotline Miami 2's level editor leaves beta

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This feels like it should be a headline from last year—worrier that I am, I've just checked the dates again—but Hotline Miami 2's level editor has just left beta. Which is to say, it's now live, so you can make your own Hotline levels, then whack them onto the Steam Workshop for others to enjoy. Sure, you've been able to do that for quite a while now, but the developers have fixed a fair few bugs for this proper release.

You'll find the patch notes for the editor here. Developer Dennaton has "attempted to make sure your old levels still work as they did before," but notes that there "may be some issues importing your levels created with versions prior to today's update".

"Thank you so much for your patience and help over the extended development of the level editor," Dennaton states in the Steam news post. "Without your passion, help, and feedback this would not have been possible. Now please go make Hotline Miami 3!"

If you decide to, please try to secure some new music from M.O.O.N, Jasper Byrne, Forest Swords and Carpenter Brut for the occasion. Ta.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.