Controversial Hatred gets pulled off of Steam Greenlight by Valve

The game, Hatred, developed by Polish studio Destructive Creations hit Steam Greenlight yesterday but was quickly pulled off by Valve. “Based on what we’ve seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam,” Valve’s Doug Lombardi said in an email to Polygon (Source). “As such we’ll be taking it down.

Hatred was unveiled in October and is essentially a playable genocide crusade, the game cuts straight to the point: this guy you’re playing as wants to kill people for the sake of killing people.

Destruction Creations creative director Jaroslaw Zielinski made an announcement saying, “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!”

Destructive Creations also issued a state on Hatred’s removal from Steam Greenlight:

Dear Hatred Fans,

As you know today we’ve launched our Steam Greenlight campaign for Hatred. 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

I wrote an opinion piece on Hatred a month or so ago that you can read here and I do have a fairly strong opinion on my thoughts on the game: who cares?

Let’s get something straight; Valve has the right to not allow Hatred onto their platform. That is their decision and nobody can stop them. They are a business making the choice they want to make. Do I agree with the choice? Hell no. There are games just as stupidly violent and almost just as direct as Hatred and nobody seems to care about those games. I think this decision is incredibly hypocritical of Valve to make.

I was never planning on playing Hatred and I still don’t plan to play Hatred, but I have no right to block free speech, especially for a dumb video game that just gets to the point and you just kill stuff (like most games already on the market except they have a “story”). The anger toward this game still feels like to me a result of our politically correct culture and fear of what this game could do toward the perception of video games. I don’t care. If you aren’t on the bandwagon of video games and are offended by violence in them, you’ll never play games and just continue to get offended or you’ll just selectively get offended by games like Hatred, which is silly and hypocritical.

If I was running Valve/Steam/Whatever, I would one hundred percent allow Hatred on my platform. There is a market for Hatred. People want to play the game and people should be able to buy that product on the platform, but I guess Valve’s decision is to just selectively decide what is offensive (or it’s a case of Valve being afraid of our politically correct culture, which is very much a factor I’m sure was considered).

Again, I support Valve’s decision at the same time (in the sense that they are allowed to do it). I just find it incredibly hypocritical and silly censorship for no reason other than a decision made out of fear. Just let people play the games they want, let people have freedom of speech, and let people vote with their wallets if they want to play Hatred. Besides, if we become offended by one game, what happens next?

What do you think of Valve’s decision? What do you think of Hatred in general?

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