in Video Games

‘Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number’ Confirms Release Date, Gives Us Free Comics

Okay, so I still haven’t finished the first one despite my best efforts (curse you, “Crackdown”, curse you to the depths of hell) but if you think that’s gonna stop me from getting obsessed with the sequel, you’re so very wrong. And now that we’ve been given a solid release date, we can all mark our calendars till sweet, sweet, neon bloodbaths. (Unless you’re in Australia, of course, in which case the devs have apparently given you their blessing — 50 of them — to pirate the banned title.)

Earlier in February, the official Hotline Miami Twitter account tweeted out a phone number — (786) 519-3708, ext 10 — with no other explanation. Calling the number took you to this message: “We are 50 Blessings. Together we march (m-m-m-m-m-m-march) into the future. You have reached a wrong number.”

Screen shot 2015-02-08 at 11.13.01 AM

The Miami Florida area code was such a great touch.

Fans correctly interpreted this to mean that the long-awaited sequel to the indie darling would arrive on March 10. Since then, the first three issues of the official Hotline Miami 2 digital comic, created by Dayjob Studio, have also been released for free on Steam, which is pretty cool. The five-part series “dives into the backstory of several factions on a path to confrontation,” and will lead up to the launch of the game itself.

As of this writing you can still call the above number to hear the message, which I heartily recommend doing if you’re a Hotline Miami fan, or a fan of weird, confusing, kinda freaky garbled phone messages that play with the fourth wall. Which might sound like a strange thing to be a fan of, but you know what, I’ve gotten a couple different messages like this throughout my life and it’s very exhilarating.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number comes to PlayStation and PC on March 10. Will you come calling?