I dove back down Hotline Miami's blood-slick Slip 'n' Slide of utterly blissful brutality this weekend, and now it's all I can think about. It's a testament to the sheer refinement of its systems, I think, that it can so thoroughly hook me time and time again. But nothing is perfect - not even when it's really, really close. So Cactus and co are charging forward with a full-blown sequel. Will there be more breeds of dog? More types of dudes with cat-like shotgunning-your-face-off reflexes? Cats? Um, well, no one's really sure yet. Oh, but it will have music! This has been - as we say in nigh-impenetrable videogame parlance - confirmed.
Jonatan "Cactus" Söderström broke the news on Twitter, making casual reference to the previously unmentioned sequel's soundtrack.
"Working while listening to the sweet tunes of a preliminary Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack that we've put together during the weekend."
That said, Hotline Miami 2's far from right around the corner, counting down the seconds until it knocks you flat with a door and then perforates your eye socket with a rusty drill. Söderström went on to clarify that "we're still working on fixing Hotline Miami, we haven't actually started working on anything new yet. We only have some general plans for the next game."
He also explained to Eurogamer that the soundtrack's far from set in stone, noting however that we could definitely see encores from members of the original's star-studded lineup of musical maestros. That said, don't simply expect more of the same. "We've been looking at some other bands as well," Söderström said. "Want to keep it fresh."
So, in short, HOTLINE MIAMI 2. GUNS. BLOOD. NEON. WONDERMENT. MUSIC. EVENTUALLY. Got it? Good.