Hatred is a mass shooter game created by Destructive Creations. It recently was released on Steam Greenlight giving fans the opportunity to vote for the game to be included on Steam’s platform. Unfortunately, Valve, the company that owns Steam, made the decision to pull the title from the platform.
In an email to Polygon, Valve’s Doug Lombardi said,
“Based on what we’ve seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam… As such we’ll be taking it down.”
The game is played out like a “genocide” in which players could have their character brutally and mercilessly kill a mass of civilians and law enforcement regardless of their innocence. This would in turn create an Armageddon. The game is so brutal that the developers (Epic Games) of Unreal Engine, the engine that was used to create the game, did not want their name stamped onto it and with Valve removing it from Steam Greenlight, we can now see why.
Here’s the trailer for the game. Be advised that this is NOT suited for everyone. Watch at your own discretion.
In response to the Epic Game’s request to be disassociated with the game, creative director for Destructive Creations, Jaroslaw Zieliński, did release a statement to Polygon,
“Epic Games has all the legal rights to issue such a request,” Zieliński said. “They’ve contacted me in a friendly manner and asked for the logo removal. Following their request I’ve removed it from the YouTube version and will remove it from the press version of our trailer ASAP so everyone is happy. It was actually my oversight. I worked on titles and trailers in the past with the Unreal engine license, that is different from the current EULA. Putting Unreal logo at the beginning of our trailer was an obvious choice for me, as the engine is an amazing tool and in fact I considered it mandatory. So I guess I was simply wrong thinking it’s a must.”
But even before, Zieliński did try to unite the gamers to push the game through on Steam Greenlight.
“If you are a diehard Hatred fan then this is one of the most important news for you this year! Now YOU can vote and decide to bring the game to one of the most popular gaming platforms! Don’t just wait until it happens. Tell your friends about it and let their friends tell their friends, so the news will spread everywhere!”
Polygon has also reported a statement issued by Destructive Creations in regards to Hatred‘s being pulled from Steam Greenlight.
Dear Hatred Fans,
As you know today we’ve launched our Steam Greenlight campaign forHatred. Unfortunately after couple of hours Steam shut it down giving the below as reasons behind their decision:
“We wanted you guys to know that based on what we see on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we’ll be taking it down.”
Even though games like Manhunt or Postal are still available on Steam we of course fully respect Valve’s decision, as they have the right to do so. In the same time we want to assure you that this won’t in any way impact the game’s development, game’s vision or gameplay features we’re aiming for. The game is still to be released in Q2 2015 as planned.
Moreover we don’t treat this as a failure because yet again this showed us a huge community support we’re totally overwhelmed with. After only a couple of hours Greenlight campaign being live, Hatred gathered 13,148 up votes and ended up on a #7 on Top 100 list.
This is the best proof for us that there are diehard Hatred fans out there, waiting for this game to be released. And that we need to keep going to deliver them a game that offers exciting and challenging gameplay.
The whole situation only pushes us forward to go against any adversity and not to give up. It also makes us want to provide our fans Hatred pre-orders sooner, as many of you have asked for them.
At the end of the day you, gamers will judge if we were able to do a game that’s simply fun to play.
Destructive Creations Team
What do you think geeks? Is this game too violent? Do you think Valve did the right thing to pull the game? Would you play this game? Let us know what you think in the comments below!