Hotline Miami 2 With Problems in Australia
An implied rape has been causing trouble for the game Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number in Australia. The Australian Classification Board has denied a rating request due to the rape scene that is included. The board's reasoning gives more details on what drove them to their decision:
This is similar to the criticism the game earned back in 2013 when a demo was released, also containing said scene (we reported). The difference now seems to be that while the demo's scene is stopped by a voice yelling "CUT!", the final game doesn't seem to feature that interruption as it is not described in the board's text.
However, the publisher Devolver Digital tells Destructoid that the scene is identical to the demo version and that they are disappointed by the board's decision as the rape scene is overexaggerated and that the board didn't get the context. The publisher add that there would also be the option to skip scenes featuring sexual violence and that they stand by the developers' product and don't plan to appeal the decision.
Even though such a skip option also shows the potential to produce a censored version that could be accepted by the ratings board, the developers made quite clear that this is not an option. As ArsTechnica reports, the statement is: