by Joseph Leray
It's one thing to know that a sequel to Dennaton Games' breakout bash-'em-up "Hotline Miami" was in the works -- the two-man team of Cactus Söderstöm and Denis Wedin have been casually tweeting about it since late last year -- but it's another to know that it's been officially announced or to have a gruesome teaser trailer as visual proof of its existence.
Accompanied by a sparse guitar riff and an unnervingly repetitious phone operator, the "Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number" trailer introduces its predecessor's hallmarks: top-down perspectives, bright neons, pixelated anti-heroes,alarmingly violent pipe-blows to the head.
As publisher Devolver Digital's press release put it so succinctly: "You’re a murderer. You murder people. Again. And again."
While the ultra-violent game mechanics seem largely unchanged, "Wrong Number" introduces a handful of different playable characters -- some from the original "Hotline Miami," some not -- to sort through a new story about wannabe vigilantism and the glorification of violence in Hollywood. Heady stuff for a game about wearing a pig mask and shooting dozens of people with a shotgun, but not unwelcome news given the first game's finale.
"Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number" is slated, "maybe," for 2013 for PC, Mac, and Linux. In light of the original "Hotline Miami"'s presence on the PlayStation 3 and Sony's newfound appreciation for small, independent developers however, I'm officially speculating that "Wrong Number"'s trail of the dead will eventually extend to other platforms.
And, finally, for your own edification, the song in trailer is "Beams" by Tape.