Stylish top-down f***-'em-up Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is now due in Q3 2014, the developer announced on Twitter.
"New stuff, old stuff, weird stuff and violent stuff all converging with some surprises," the developer added. "Should be worth the wait."
It's unclear if the Q3 release is just in reference to the PC/Steam version - as the first game debuted on - or if it will simultaneously hit on its other announced platforms: Mac, PS4 and Vita. I've requested more info from developer Dennaton Games and will update when I hear more.
The sequel will play similarly to the original and will follow multiple characters including a pig-headed (well, masked) actor starring in a film about the first Hotline Miami, while a group of Mansonite-esque fans have taken to the gruesome hobby of recreating the psychedelic ultra-violence of its predecessor. It will also feature a Hard Mode for that special type of animal mask wearing masochist.
"The first game from eccentric Swedish developer Jonatan Söderström and Dennis Wedin at Dennaton Games was an exploration of neon rage whereas Wrong Number will be fueled by an extra layer of sadness," I wrote in my Hotline Miami 2 preview after seeing the game at E3 - where it was shown in an actual trailer tucked away in a parking lot.