Hotline Miami 2 - Developers Reconsider Rape Scene
During the Rezzed 2013 (a convention for PC/independent games in England), a group of hand-picked journalists were allowed to test a playble version of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. After doing so, many of them were appalled by what they had just seen. The reason for this was the following scene:
The demo has the player make his way through a tutorial as the character "Pig Butcher". At the end, the player meets a blond woman lying helplessly on the ground. While the game demands "FINISH HER", the player loses control over his character who automatically goes over to the blonde and drops his pants (clearly suggesting an upcoming act of rape). In this moment, a voice in the background yells "CUT!" and the level is unmasked as a scene from a film shoot.
A female journalist wrote in an article for PC Gamer that she felt "betrayed" and "hurt" by the sexist depiction of the woman in that game scene.
Dennis Wedin, one of the developers, expressed his dismay about the reaction in a subsequent interview with the website Rock, Paper, Shotgun:
Whether they will re-insert the scene back in the game at a later stage, Wedin replied: