Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number developer Dennaton Games has given Australian fans permission to illegally download the game on PC if its effective ban is upheld.
"If it ends up being not released in Australia, just pirate it after release," designer Jonatan Söderström wrote in an email to a fan. "No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!"
This week the Australian government refused to classify the stylish indie shooter, therefore making it illegal to sell, due to a scene of "implied sexual assault".
However publisher Devolver responded to the report which included a description of the scene, saying it was misrepresented. It also provided a video of the scene in question and a description of the game's handling of sexual violence.
Below is the warning at the start of the opening scene giving viewers the choice as explained above.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will be released later this year.