Dennaton Games has removed a scene involving a sexual assault against a woman in the Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number demo.
PC Gamer’s Cara Ellison wrote a preview that pointed out Hotline Miami 2 demo’s insensitive take on sexual assault that “will single out a fifth of the female audience who have experienced sexual violence.” In the demo, after clearing out a whole building full of thugs, the Pig Butcher finds a vulnerable woman in the final room. The game proceeds to tell you to “FINISH HER” at which he “pins her down and drops his pants.”
“I feel resentment,” wrote Ellison. “This is how they feel when someone points out that games are sexist.”
Developer Dennis Wedin told RPS that he was very upset that this scene had caused so much negative feelings towards Hotline Miami 2.
“Maybe they had a terrible experience of their own that was triggered by the game,” Wedin told RPS. “That was not intentional at all. We didn’t add the scene just to be controversial. There is meaning to these two characters. There’s a lot more to them than just this scene.”
“We removed it from the demo. We’re going to work with it, see if we can fix it,” he continued. “You get a bigger picture when you play the whole game, which is lost in the demo of course.”
“I respect people’s comments and the fact that people voiced them,” said Wedin. “That’s how they feel. Our scene made them feel this way, so we have to think about why and if there’s something we can do to make it better. I don’t think it’s just right to say, ‘You’re wrong. You’re just looking at it wrong.’ That’s not the way to go.”