Recently, the official twitter account for indie darling Hotline Miami posted a phone number – +1 (786) 519-3708 ext 10 – with no other context.
+1 (786) 519-3708 ext 10
— Hotline Miami (@HotlineMiami) February 2, 2015
Well, now we know its significance.
Unsurprisingly, 786 is a Florida area code. Miami, actually. Calling the number results in an answering machine message comprised of a bizarre mixture of “We are 50 blessings. Together we March-” before the audio starts to skip, resulting in a few “M-m-m-m-m-m-march” glitches before finishing with “into the future.”
Then a deeper voice says, “You have reached a wrong number,” and hangs up. Then the answering machine beeps.
The skipping audio on March, and the otherwise unused “Ext 10” has some speculating that March 10th is the proposed release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. A theory that sounds incredibly plausible, given the date falls on a Tuesday – the same day PSN updates their online shop.
Interesting method of announcement aside, if it does turn out to be the actual release date, you can look forward to getting your hands dirty with Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number in roughly a month.
Recently, Hotline Miami 2 found itself in headlines for entirely different reasons – the game found itself banned in Autralia due to perceived sexual violence perpetrated by the player character in which, during a scene where players need to take part in a movie shoot, a woman is bent over and forced to engage in anal sex. Both developer Dennaton Games and publisher Devolver Digital responded to the ruling, claiming it was misleading and that the scene was taken entirely out of context. The news led to widespread criticism from the gaming community and the press alike, who pointed out that plenty of films and other media get passed by the Australian ratings board get passed without incident, and pointing to Hotline Miami 2 as further evidence that the country operates an overly-rigid and old-fashioned approach to evaluating videogame content.
The creator since suggested that Australian gamers should simply pirate the game, seemingly ruling out altering the game’s content in order to appease a single territory’s restrictions.