Updated 16/01 11:43am:
"If it ends up not being release in Australia, just pirate it after release. No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!".
The veracity of the email has been confirmed by Dennaton (via Polygon).
Original story 16/01 8:38am:
The teams behind Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number say the Australian Classification Board ruling stretches the facts, and they’ve released the game’s controversial scene to prove it.
Developer Dennaton Games and publisher Devolver Digital said it had been in communication with the Board, and would like to clarify a few things.
“First, to clear up any possible misconceptions, the opening cinematic that was first shown in June of 2013 has not changed in any way,” said the companies.
“We also want to make clear that players are given an choice at the start of the game as to whether they wish to avoid content that alludes to sexual violence. The sequence in question is presented below in context, both after choosing the uncut version of the game and after choosing to avoid content that alludes to sexual violence.
“Second, in response to the report itself, we are concerned and disappointed that a board of professionals tasked with evaluating and judging games fairly and honestly would stretch the facts to such a degree and issue a report that describes specific thrusting actions that are not simply present in the sequence in question and incorrectly portrays what was presented to them for review.
“Though we have no plans to officially challenge the ruling, we stand by our developers, their creative vision for the storyline, its characters and the game and look forward to delivering Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number to fans very soon.”