Hotline Miami Is Hiding Behind A Mask

Hotline Miami sure is a game. A game that’s going to kill you. And in the game. It’s out in only three days, so I grabbed the chance to speak to publisher Devolver Digital’s Chief Financial Officer and all round PR expert – Fork Parker – for a hard-hitting interview.

RPS: What first attracted Devolver and you, Fork, to Hotline Miami?

Fork Parker: Actually, our partners at Vlambeer that we’re working on Luftrausers with connected us with Dennaton’s Jonatan Soderstrom. Up until now he’s released all of his amazing games free to the public but wanted to make something commercial and more substantial and was looking for a partner to make it happen. The team at Devolver Digital took a look at the prototype and played it until our fingers bled so we knew it would be a perfect project to partner on. At face value it’s a brutal, fast-paced game unlike anything we’d play before but once we got into the story and twists and turns that Dennaton Games dreamt up we were sold.

RPS: Can you briefly explain just how much Devolver are screwing over Dennaton Games in publishing this game?

Fork Parker: Those sons of bitches at Dennaton Games are smarter than they look so they maintained full creative control on the game and the marketing despite my best efforts to screw them over like a publisher should.

That said, the contract they signed for Hotline Miami 2: Miami Slice mandates that it be a F2P kart racing game with microstransactions that automatically posts to your friends’ Facebook walls so in the end we got them good.

RPS: How do you respond to accusations that this game just glorifies violence and encourages errant behaviour in our nations’ youths?

Fork Parker: Not sure how to respond as these accusations are entirely true and ideally the game will lead to the downfall of society as we know it. Every time someone preorders Hotline Miami Western civilization creeps closer and closer to a pure state of anarchy.

RPS: Which game is better – Serious Sam 3 or Hotline Miami?

Fork Parker: Whichever gets me closer to buying a velvet-covered jet ski.


  1. Breedlove says:

    Hotline Miami will revolutionize killing pixel dudes with a power dril to the ear. Guaranteed.

  2. StranaMente says:

    Fine words, mr. Parker. I’m preordering the Magic friendship steering wheel edition of Miami 2 right now.

  3. jackthename says:


  4. PatrickSwayze says:

    Mannnn, I hope this spews a whole mess of hyper violent retro feeling drugged out neo noir games.


  5. strange_headache says:

    VIOLENCE FUCK YEAH! Oh… and tits, yeah TITS… velvet covered tits nonetheless.

  6. elfbarf says:

    I was looking into buying the pig mask featured in the “Wear Something Fancy” trailer but could only find a single person selling them (on Amazon). I would’ve ordered it had they not wanted an absurd amount of money (it was at least $16) to ship it. I was going to email them to figure out why the shipping charges were absurd but it seems as if they’ve taken down the listing.

    • lasikbear says:

      Sellers on Ebay usually do that to have to pay a much smaller commission (as they don’t have to pay commission on the shipping costs). Probably something similar here.

  7. hemmingjay says:

    I would like to point out that we in North America must wait 5 days, not 3, to commit acts of mass pixelation.

    • Fanbuoy says:

      Really? I don’t know whether I should be upset about the whole practice of separate release dates or be schadenfreudistical (YEAH!! No, probably not…) because we’ll get it first for once.

      • AngoraFish says:

        Schadenfreude, definitely.

      • BubuIIC says:

        But where are you getting 3 days? Both steam and gog both say 5 days for me. (Germany)

        • Fanbuoy says:

          Oh, same here actually (Sweden). Guess that means neither, then.

  8. Om says:

    Pre-order now and save 69p!

    • Fanbuoy says:

      AND they’ll burn a tree in the rainforest. Pre-order the Collector’s Edition and they’ll demolish an orphanage.

  9. cafeine says:

    Now, I’m proud to have done my part for the downfall of Western civilization and all that good stuff, but all this teasing is killing me. Is it the 23rd yet?

  10. Meat Circus says:

    The nice thing about the downfall of civilisation is that every time it gets back up, you can just twat it with a baseball bat again until it stays down.

    • The Tupper says:

      Exactly. Stupid civilisation.

    • Muzman says:

      It’s because when it’s down you’re supposed to jump it and smack its head against the floor a few times.

  11. Lucidity says:

    This is exactly what I imagined was going on when I was playing GTA and GTA 2 as a 12 year old kid. My twelve year old self would be overjoyed at playing this, it’s like GTA but without needing all that imagimunation. Unfortunately for him I’ll be at the controls instead…

    This game looks AWESOME! >:D

  12. HothMonster says:

    3 days? Are you writing this from the future or did they move it up a couple days and nobody told me? Or are Europeans actually getting a new game first!?!

    • Lucidity says:

      That’s right, Hoth Monster… You’re on the wrong side of the Atlantic for a change! ;P

  13. Screamer says:

    Why does this remind me of Drive so much?

    • Tyrone Slothrop. says:

      The underworld tale replete with gloriously stylised ultra-violence in a retro 80’s aesthetic, you silly real human bean.

  14. squareking says:

    Blood? In a videogame? It’ll never work!

  15. jayc4life says:

    5 days here in Ireland (according to GetGames – which has an exclusive Eurogamer Expo-based bonus level if you preorder it there). I assume John means 3 business days, because we all know he goes into cryosleep on the weekends.

    • Phantoon says:

      Yes, just like teachers sleep in coffins all summer, and sports announcers hibernate during the off season.

  16. Lokik says:

    Wonderful music on the trailer, again. The game’s not even out yet and already I have an unhealthy obsession with it.

    Also what’s this talk about it being out in 3 days? My calendar must be broken.

  17. Breedlove says:

    It’s the 23rd for sure.

  18. Phantoon says:

    There needs to be a game based on Fork Parker’s life.

  19. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:


  20. Muzman says:

    Oh, I see. So the masks are sort of character loadouts/approaches to the level. Interesting.

  21. caddyB says:

    I’ll buy this. And Serious Sam 3 too.
    Just for this interview.

  22. DyvimTvar says:

    Haha, very nice interview!