Last year, developer Dennaton Games surprised fans when they revealed that Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number was targeting a release in 2014. While many had hoped the cult-hit Hotline Miami would get a follow-up, few actually knew whether it would. Luckily, Dennaton revealed they were not done with this franchise.
Since that initial announcement, anticipation has built for Hotline Miami 2 into a fever pitch, with many craving the game's thumping soundtrack and hyper stylized violence. Unfortunately, the game's original release date of September 2014 has come and gone, and Hotline Miami was nowhere to be found.
Apparently, that's for good reason as today Dennaton confirms that Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been delayed. The game will now hit the PC platform sometime between late 2014 and early 2015.
"Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is still getting some final tweaks and polish, expected to be ready for late 2014 or early 2015."
Dennaton followed up their delay announcement with an appreciative message to fans whose patience, they say, will "ultimately be rewarded." Clearly, Hotline Miami 2 needed a little extra time in the oven, but what for exactly is unclear. Last we saw, Hotline Miami 2 was looking plenty complete, with several hackers streaming full chunks of the game.
Still, with a sequel like this come a lot of expectations. Hotline Miami was no doubt a clever indie title, but now the bar has been raised. Fans will want to see more than just the same concepts with new music - although for some that likely would have been just fine.
One of the cool new features for this second game is a level editor that will allow gamers to create their own seedy warehouses. For as much as Hotline Miami was a fun experience it could have been longer, so hopefully this Level Editor will help increase the longevity of play.
In general, though, what we've seen of the game falls perfectly in line with expectations, albeit with a '90s instead of '80s flair. It's violent, the soundtrack sounds just as awesome, and the new gameplay wrinkles are twisted. The game may be a little further away, but it seems to be worth the wait.
Are you disappointed to hear that Hotline Miami 2 has been delayed? Are you looking forward to playing the sequel?
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is now targeting a late 2014/early 2015 release for PC.
Source: Dennaton Games