The Hotline Miami 3 teaser was “a prank that went way further than I thought it would”

Sorry, Jacket is in fact dead

Earlier this week, a Twitter account titled JacketIsNotDead – a reference to Hotline Miami’s protagonist – posted a live-action teaser video promising that a longer trailer was “coming soon.” Fans wondered if that meant a Hotline Miami 3 announcement was incoming, but it turns out this was all just a prank.

“This is a very cool fan film (or teaser for one maybe) but rest assured there is not another Hotline Miami game in development,” the series’ official account tweets. The original teaser that launched all this has since been deleted, but the JacketIsNotDead account has since detailed exactly what happened.

JacketIsNotDead says “This was a prank that went way, way, way further than I ever thought it would,” in a now-deleted tweet (via GamesRadar). In a more recent follow-up, the account confirms “there is NO Hotline Miami 3 announcement” and “there is NO Hotline Miami movie coming out.”

Instead, “this was just a bit of fun that was created in less than an hour that was then completely forgotten about for 24 hours. I vastly unestimated the reaction as I suspect people would’ve done their research. I was wrong. And I’m sorry if I’ve hurt the Hotline Miami community’s feels!”

The original video used in the teaser is nearly five years old, and comes from a YouTube filmmaking group called Huckbros Nitro. You can watch the original video above.

The developers of Hotline Miami have emphasized many times over that they have no plans for a third entry in the series. ‘Never say never’ and all that, but if you’re holding your breath for Hotline Miami 3 you’re probably going to be left gasping for air.