Dev not keen on being simply "provocative".
By Alice Lynton on September 8, 2013 at 10:44 am
Dennaton has removed a controversial depiction of potential sexual assault from the Hotline Miami 2 demo. Although the content in the demo eventually shows the assault would not have occurred, its presentation does not make this clear till after the player has already been tasked with actions which suggest their character will follow through.
Responding to criticism of this uncomfortable-sounding content, Dennaton’s Dennis Wedin told Rock, Paper, Shotgun that the scene makes more sense in context, and was removed from the demo because it came across as simply provocative.
“We didn’t add the scene just to be controversial. There is a meaning to these two characters. There’s a lot more to them than just this scene. We removed it for the demo. We’re going to work with it, see if we can fix it. You get a bigger picture when you play the whole game, which is lost in the demo of course,” he said.
As for whether the scene will appear in the final build, Wedin said “we’ll see”; he also said the characters involved are explored more fully in the full game, and that there are more female characters – including playable ones.
“We’re gonna see how people react to it when we test the whole game. We’ll get opinions and stuff like that. We’ll see how we can present this in a good way. In a way that we want it to come across. Not just as provocative. That’s not our meaning at all,” he added.
“I respect people’s comments and the fact that people voiced them. 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 right to just say, ‘You’re wrong. You’re just looking at it wrong.’ That’s not the way to go.”
Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun