Jonatan Söderströmm, co-creator of video game Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, has told Australians that, if they want to play the game, they should “just pirate it”.
Hotline Miami is the latest victim of Australia’s draconian video game certification system, in a list that boasts such luminaries as Grand Theft Auto V and Syndicate. South Park: The Stick of Truth was also banned certain scenes were removed.
Söderströmm’s advice comes from an e-mail, screencapped by a reddit user. Ben Kuchera of gaming website Polygon confirmed the e-mail’s authenticity. In response to a potential customer, dismayed at Hotline Miami 2 being refused classification in Australia, Söderströmm wrote:
“If it ends up not being released in Australia, just pirate it after release.
No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!