Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number may seem to be playing the great marketing game our industry loves. They're revealing story beats like the fact the game will feature multiple characters with intertwining stories and ultimately the game will conclude the Hotline Miami saga. They're teasing mechanics like firing in separate directions or fighting with a partner. They're doing all the necessary things a mainstream franchise needs to do. At its heart though, the truth of Hotline Miami still rings clear.
Seriously, it's almost degrading to see Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number's new sizzle trailer "Dial Tone". Yes, the subtitle of the first game makes a clear, meaningful reference to the first game's phone calls. Continuing down that road and you're broaching terrible pun territory.
That's to say little of the gameplay feature focus that makes up the bulk of the trailer. At least the start and ending seem to be better directed at recreating the drug and neon fueled mystery that made the first game so haunting. How the blood is shed from point A to point B ultimately doesn't make much of a difference, does it?
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is planned for release in 2014 on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. The first game is one of the best titles in recent memory and its sequel looks like it hasn't missed a step. Honestly, I almost feel bad for Dennaton Games. I can't imagine how difficult it will be for them to start another IP, following up the resounding success of Hotline Miami. Eh, I doubt they'll let it stress them out too much.