Updated 15/01/15 5:10pm:
Hotline Miami 2 has been refused classification in Australia due to representations of implied, visually depicted sexual violence.
The Classification Board singled out a particular scene of implied and implicit rape. Reader discretion is advised:
"In the sequence of game play footage titled Midnight Animal, the protagonist character bursts into what appears to be a movie set and explicitly kills 4 people, who collapse to the floor in a pool of copious blood, often accompanied by blood splatter. After stomping on the head of a fifth male character, he strikes a female character wearing red underwear. She is knocked to the floor and is viewed lying face down in a pool of copious blood. The male character is viewed with his pants halfway down, partially exposing his buttocks. He is viewed pinning the female down by the arms and lying on top of her thrusting, implicitly raping her (either rear entry or anally) while her legs are viewed kicking as she struggles beneath him. This visual depiction of implied sexual violence is emphasised by it being mid-screen, with a red backdrop pulsating and the remainder of the screen being surrounded by black."
According to Australia's classification guidelines, games that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified;” will be Refused Classification.
Original story 15/01/15 2:37pm:
Hotline Miami 2 will not be available in Australia as the game has been refused classification by the Classification Board.
The Classification Board did not provide specifics as to how Hotline Miami 2 exceeded the guidelines for R18+.
Instead, it provided the following boilerplate response:
"The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games that ‘depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.’"
Hotline Miami 2 is in development for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Mac, and Linux.