It takes a special kind of game to get me to cross the console wall into West PCmany, and Hotline Miami had no problems whatsoever convincing me. The sequel’s not going to encounter any resistance from me either, although it’s not for lack of trying. Not because it looks terrible in the least, but this teaser for the game, subtitled Wrong Number, is more disturbing than the last few straight horror trailers I’ve seen. Seriously, imagine this trailer as anything other than top-down 8-bit, and you pretty much have Irreversible all over again. But then, the later levels of the first game managed to make the over-the-top violence hit harder than expected too, and according to developer Dennaton Games, setting the player ill at ease with what’s happening is going to very much be par for the course for the whole game this time around. Also considering that they plan on calling the series done after this, they’re definitely planning on going for broke with whatever it is they’re gonna try and do and say. Press release, and the trailer below.

We’re Sorry, but You Have Reached a Number That Has Been Disconnected or is No Longer in Service – Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Announced

Become irreversibly entangled in violence as reality dissolves into a haze of neon and carnage

MIAMI – You’re a murderer. You murder people. Again. And again. How certain you are of your actions and what is, and what is not, real is what you must determine in Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, due out later this year from developer Dennaton Games and publisher Devolver Digital. The epic finale to 2012’s blood-soaked hit follows an escalating level of violence through multiple factions born from the events of the original game – all within the confines of blistering combat, the unmistakable visual style, and another powerful and intense soundtrack that pushes you to the limit and forces you to question your own thirst for blood.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number commands you to step into the murderous minds of several distinct characters – each with their own motivations and methods of execution – as storylines intersect and reality slips away into a haze of neon and carnage. Witness hundreds of new sprites and animations in lush new areas to clear floor-by-floor, and harness a variety of savage new weapons to satisfy your murder lust.

Due out in 2013 for PC, Mac, and Linux from Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital.

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