Midnight Animal is a fan-made, full standalone mod of Hotline Miami, featuring brand new content including a completely new storyline, masks, characters, music, weapons, and levels. It takes place nearly thirty years after the events of Hotline Miami 2, and deals with the world reconstructed by Fifty Blessings following nuclear escalation. Officially approved by Dennis Wedin of Dennaton Games, Midnight Animal will be released through modDB, Steam, and itch.io, and will be released for PC, completely free of charge.

How were you allowed to do this? Is Dennaton aware of this?

At first, Midnight Animal started as a simple project that I never intended to release publicly; but as support for it snowballed, I became aware of just how much public interest there was in some kind of new Hotline Miami experience, especially in the wake of the second game's release. Once it started gaining more publicity, I got in contact with Dennaton, who authorised and supported my efforts, under a number of specific conditions which basically amount to: don't sell it, and make sure no one can access the source code. What this means for you as a player is that everything released in affiliation with Midnight Animal will be absolutely free, always.

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The year is 2016. Following a series of crippling terrorist attacks, America has been plunged into a state of national anarchy. From the chaos, a new power has risen. An organisation of self-proclaimed patriots from every walk of life, they have rewritten the very values which once defined their beloved nation, in order to save it from itself.

Welcome to their world – a world where laws are written at the barrel of the gun, and trades brokered in the currency of blood; where elections are won through bullets, and politics negotiated in the rhetoric of blades.

Welcome back to Miami.

Gameplay

America is at war. As an operator in one of its most clandestine echelons, your job is to enforce the new order – at any cost.

  • Blast, bludgeon, slash and stab your way through dozens of contracts using nearly a hundred different weapons, from the mundane to the spectacular.
  • Manipulate your environment to your advantage: lure enemies into improvised traps, turn the unassuming into the lethal.
  • Experiment with over twenty different playstyles, from sadistic mass murderer to silent assassin, each with tangible effects on the gameplay experience.
  • As you see greater and greater success, use your profits to stock up a formidable armoury, vastly widening your arsenal of combative capabilities.

Eliminate your targets using whatever means necessary – failure is not an option.

Story

On the 28th of December 1991, America was annihilated. With the central leadership decapitated and the infrastructure crippled, the nation fell into ruin. After twenty-five years of brutal civil wars and power struggles, a new power wrested and clawed its way to the top: the remnants of a pre-war ultranationalist movement with a murky past calling itself Fifty Blessings, it has remoulded America in its image, and has ushered in a new era - an era of great change and innovation, but one of even greater conflict, instability and fear.

Midnight Animal is the story of John, a man haunted by the past. Once a distinguished operator in one of the most clandestine echelons of the new America, he stumbles upon a deep-seated conspiracy along the way, which shakes him to the core of his beliefs and forces him to turn against those he once faithfully served. Hunted by former friends and betrayed by the very agency which made him, John finds himself pulled further and further into the twisted and vicious underbelly of a new Miami, even as he desperately attempts to finally escape a dark and troubled past while staying afloat in a world balanced precariously on the verge of apocalypse.

Soundtrack

Updating the blistering neon soundtrack of the original Hotline Miami series to the modern day, [i]Midnight Animal brings to the table a cast of over thirty different artists: some familiar and others new, all sharing a single distinct trait – an unmistakable dedication to their craft.

From thundering sonic blitzkriegs to somber, moody meditations, each track stands not only as an individual testament to its artist's commitment to quality; but together, weave a distinct and captivating soundscape, the auditory realisation of a future divided.

Update 04

Update 04

News 5 comments

Catching up after a long absence: on weapons, the contract system, interface design, and aesthetics.

A recent interview with JeuxVideo.

A recent interview with JeuxVideo.

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English transcript of a recent interview with JeuxVideo, a popular French indie gaming site.

How combat works

How combat works

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A brief rundown of how combat has been modified, going over several different aspects of it.

Social media, and an official devblog.

Social media, and an official devblog.

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In which I discuss various social media you can follow Midnight Animal on, and places where you can contact me.

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Midnight Animal Demo

Midnight Animal Demo

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Very short demo, for the game that was available on steam at the time the page was up. Its very good showcase of variety in the gameplay. The enemies...

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Patrick519
Patrick519

i hope one day we get to play what is left of this game

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Namesarelame
Namesarelame

can you bring back the document version

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Guest
Guest

Probably the coolest HM "mod" we've had a chance to see. I suffer every time I play what is left of it.

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yeaboyee
yeaboyee

i also feel obligated to remind you losers that even from an outsider's point of view, the comments harassing him here and on steam were genuinely disgusting and they paint you all as despicable wretches.

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Guest
Guest

oh really? imagine seeing basically hotline miami 3 and some weeb changes it into persona 5. take a reality check bud.

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softwardia
softwardia

it was never meant to be hotline miami 3

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softwardia

thankfully the modding scene for hotline miami seems dead, feels like proper karma

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