Hotline Miami 2's Menu Has the Option to Skip Scenes That "Allude to Sexual Violence"

By Leon Hurley on at

Hotline Miami 2 contains scenes of strong sexual violence, something that's drawn equally strong criticism and seen the game banned in Australia. Now, it looks like the game contains the option to skip it if you'd prefer.

The screen above shows the option to "skip scenes that allude to sexual violent" under content. It's unlikely to change the Australian ban, or any other complaints as controversial material still appears to still be present, only with the choice to avoid it added.

The opening scene involves a rape, later 'revealed' as part of porno shoot and drew considerable flack when it was revealed.  In fact the feedback was so poor (unsurprisingly) that co-creator Dennis Wedin told Rock Paper Shotgun: "We removed it for the demo. We're going to work with it, see if we can fix it. You get a bigger picture when you play the whole game, which is lost in the demo, of course." By the looks of this screen, either the scene is still in the final release, or it's not the only incident.

When asked if the scene would be left in the game Wedin went on to tell RPS : "We’ll see. We’re gonna see how people react to it when we test the whole game. We’ll get opinions and stuff like that. We’ll see how we can present this in a good way. In a way that we want it to come across. Not just as provocative. That’s not our meaning at all. I respect people’s comments and the fact that people voiced them. That’s how they feel. Our scene made them feel this way, so we have to think about why and if there’s something we can do to make it better. I don’t think it’s right to just say, “You’re wrong. You’re just looking at it wrong.” That’s not the way to go."