Australians May Pirate Hotline Miami 2 If It Doesn’t Reach Their Shores

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Yo ho, yo ho, Australian readers!

In response to the Australian Classification Board’s refusal to classify Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Dennaton Games have given Australians permission to pirate the sequel if it never reaches the continent.

In an email to a fan who wondered if there was a way to circumvent the board’s decision, the result of which is that the game won’t be sold in Australia unless a rape scene is removed, Hotline Miami programmer Jonatan Söderström wrote, “If it ends up being not released in Australia, just pirate it after release. No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!”

Representatives of publisher Devolver Digital have assured Ars Technica that Australians are allowed to pirate the game. “I can confirm he [Jonatan Söderström] wants people to enjoy the game.” The fictional Fork Parker, a Dennaton Games Twitter account, has further confirmed that the email is real.

[Editor’s note: it’s important to point out that while the legal owners of the game are allowing Australians to pirate it, it may still be illegal to do so, depending on the laws where you live.]

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Dimi Gronnings


With over ten years' experience as an editor, Dimi is Niche Gamer's Managing Editor. He has indefinitely put a legal career on hold in favor of a life of video games: priorities.

  1. BeholdMyPower
    January 16, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Never did I imagine seeing a developer encouraging fans to pirate their game (given the circumstances, of course). Much respect to those guys and I hope they don’t fold on their creative vision for the game.

  2. Stando
    January 16, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Wait. Fork Parker isn’t real? I’ve been living a lie.

  3. MaidKillua
    January 16, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Not Australian and these games never really appealed to me but respect to the developers anyway

  4. Mr0303
    January 16, 2015 at 6:10 am

    This statement has convinced me to buy the game day 1. I like supporting devs that stand against censorship.

  5. AsatorPrime
    January 16, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I just might take them up on their offer if there is no legal way to purchase it. As for the legality, I believe you can still legally own refused classification games, they’re just not allowed to be sold in here (but I could be wrong).

  6. RepeatingDigits
    January 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Based as fuck.

  7. Patrick Bateman
    Patrick Bateman
    January 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

    These guys deserve a thumbs up. They’re not in it for the money, but they just want to make a game everyone enjoys.

  8. British_Otaku
    January 16, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I wasn’t expect this kind of… (would you call it…) altruism given that the game is just releasing for the first time, but it is definitely another positive step that indies in support of consumers…nnnI’m sure that goodwill will pay off through more word of mouth and perhaps a future installment or even rerelease of the game getting support.

  9. SnugRailgun
    January 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Australia must be an awful place to live.

  10. Thanatos2k
    January 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    That’s pretty awesome. Screw you, Australian ratings board!

  11. TerriblePerson
    January 18, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Quite a bold move, to be honest. Never thought I’d see that happen, but goddamn it did they earn a lot of respect from me!

  12. Gyr0Man
    January 23, 2015 at 2:54 am


  13. 1111
    January 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    One of the Ice-Pick Lodge guys was not minding people pirating their The Void game in the comment section of some Russian torrent tracker.