Hotline Miami 2 Is Officially A Thing
Well I’ll be blasted through the face with a shotgun. Less than two months after the launch of Hotline Miami, Dennaton Games has confirmed, via lead developer Jonatan Söderström on Twitter, that Hotline Miami 2 is a go. Söderström’s tweet says it all: “Working while listening to the sweet tunes of a preliminary Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack that we’ve put together during the weekend.”
Granted, this doesn’t mean they’re actually working on the game. It sounds like they’re putting together songs that sort of fit the vibe so that when it comes time to begin work on the sequel’s soundtrack they can have an agreed upon starting point. Söderström pretty much confirmed this to Eurogamer, saying “Music wise I’m not sure for the second game yet. Last time we had nine different musicians doing the soundtrack. Looks like a couple of them might do more tracks for the sequel, but we’ve been looking at some other bands as well. Want to keep it fresh.”
The sequel doesn’t come without a price, however. It will actually be put together from bits of what was originally intended to be DLC for Hotline Miami. Söderström also told Eurogamer that “it seems like it will end up bigger (in terms of the number of levels we’ve got planned) than the first, so it feels reasonable to release it as a full game rather than a DLC.”
This is nothing but good news. Hotline Miami is an amazing game, one of 2012′s best, in fact. It sucks that the apparent cancellation of the DLC means we’ll have to wait a bit longer for more to do, but it is great to see this little game succeed. In the meantime, if you’ll excuse me I intend to celebrate by snapping the necks of stray passers-by while shooting blindly into a crowd.