by Joseph Leray
Last week, we reported that the release of Dennaton Games' pixelated, 80's-drenched beat-'em-eup "Hotline Miami" on the PlayStation 3 and Vita was imminent. The official PlayStation Blog has since confirmed that the game will be available on the PlayStation Network tomorrow, June 25th, for a modest $9.99.
The PlayStation port of "Hotline Miami" was handled by Dutch outfit Abstraction Games, and they've left their own bloody fingerprints on the ultraviolent cult title: Russell the Raging Bull is a new, equipable mask exclusive to the PS3-slash-Vita version of the game.
As with all masks in "Hotline," Russel comes with his own unique effect: Donning the bull mask turns the game black and white and changes the video filter, a jarring contrast to the bright, maximalist neons that have come to define the game's style. Other upgrades in the PlayStation version include leaderboards, Trophies, and new controls that use the Vita's touch screen to lock onto enemies.
"Hotline Miami" is also a Cross-Buy title, meaning that both the PlayStation 3 and Vita versions are unlocked with one purchase. In the comments of PS Blog post, publisher Devolver Digital's Nigel Lowrie also confirmed that the two versions will share saves: any carnage you unleash on the go will continue once you get home.
And, oh, hey: there's a new PlayStation launch trailer for "Hotline Miami" embedded at the top of the screen there. It's predictably creepy and gross, just like most things to related to this twisted little game.
"Hotline Miami" will be available on the PlayStation Network on June 25th. It's also available on Steam for Mac and PC, and a sequel, "Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number" was announced at E3 and is currently in development for Mac, PC, and Linux.