It was Thomas Carlyle who in 1837 said, “Arrestment, sudden really as a bolt out of the Blue, has hit strange victims.” While we’re pretty sure he didn’t have Devolver Digital‘s Hotline Miami in mind when writing it, the sleeper hit indie title of 2012 was certainly a bolt out of the blue for many. After a few teaser images posted during E3 2013, Swedish developer Dennaton Games has officially released the first trailer for its sequel, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number.

Since Hotline Miami‘s release last October, the top-down retro beat-’em-up has garnered a huge amount of attention, selling over 130,000 copies in the first few weeks alone. Despite being victim to large-scale piracy early on, game designer Jonatan Söderström managed to turn the tide by issuing a public statement. offering troubleshooting support to anyone who “acquired” the game without paying – an act of kindness which actually convinced many more players to purchase and support the indie title.

The newly-announced sequel Wrong Number appears to follow the same ’80s aesthetic and GTA-inspired gameplay style as the first game, though little plot details or gameplay features have been released. While not shown in the teaser trailer itself, the demo provided outside of E3 2013 (we were there!) put players into the mask of the protagonist, Pig Butcher, who appears to be acting out the events of the live-action trailer for the first game.

This meta-storyline approaches the events of the first game as if they are real, with Wrong Number‘s levels playing out like a Hollywood reproduction. While aesthetically it appears to be much the same as the original, Söderström maintains the sequel will expand the concept of Hotline Miami without being a carbon copy.

“It will all be in there, but we don’t want to make the same game again. So we’re going to try to tell a different story with the structure that we have, that is Hotline Miami… …There will be a lot of different storylines that will alternate between each other.”

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It’s very likely that Wrong Number can pull off this approach without being offensive, though if its mind-numbing violence hasn’t turned players away, it’s a safe bet that nothing else will. What do you think, Ranters: are you ready to put on some animal masks and beat pixelated gangsters into pulp? What kinds of features, levels or weapons would you like to see in Hotline Miami 2? Let us know in the comments!

Hotline Miami 2 is currently in development by Dennaton Games, and is set to be released by the end of 2013 for Windows PC, Mac OS and Linux. Read our review of Hotline Miami here!

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Source: DigitalSpy