Australia’s rating board system for video games is a mess, a fact that came to light recently yet again when the highly anticipated sequel to cult indie hit classic, Hotline Miami, was refused classification in the country, effectively leading to a ban on its sale within the country. To Australian fans of the first game who were looking forward to playing the long delayed sequel to the the first game, which has been promised to be everything the first game was and more, this probably comes as terrible news. But the developers of Hotline Miami and its sequel have come up with a solution for Australian fans- a solution that is probably the first time something like this has been officially condoned by the gaming industry.
What does the developer have to say? Just pirate the game. No need to worry about it, just torrent the game, and enjoy. Don’t believe me? Check out the email conversation for yourself above (click on the image to see it in full resolution).
So… I mean, yeah, guys, you’re not out of options. Even options that might have seemed morally suspect to you are now officially being sanctioned by the developers of the game. Which, coming from the developers of Hotline Miami, is strangely fitting in a way.