Valve removes controversial massacre sim from Greenlight
Hatred deleted from Steam after quickly accruing thousands of votes.
Hatred, the ultraviolent massacre sim that gained notoriety due to its controversial content, has been removed from Stream's Greenlight program.
Steam custodian Valve confirmed it had deleted the listing, after it had rapidly accrued thousands of votes, suggesting that the game's brutal content had spurred its decision.
"Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam,” Valve spokesperson Doug Lombardi told Eurogamer. “As such we'll be taking it down.”
Hatred was revealed to the public in October with a trailer that immediately drew controversy. The video, features a lone gunman preparing for a massacre in his home, before setting himself upon the surrounding neighbourhood.
Later, the video depicts stabbings, mall massacres, and shotgun executions. The nameless character, dressed in a leather trench coat, is at one point seen jamming a pistol into a fallen woman's mouth, before pulling the trigger.
Valve's decision to not support the game follows a similar distancing from the game's engine creator, Epic Games. The company has previously said: "Epic Games isn't involved in this project. Unreal Engine 4 is available to the general public for use 'for any lawful purpose,' and we explicitly don't exert any sort of creative control or censorship over projects. However, the video is using the trademarked Unreal Engine 4 logo without permission from Epic, and we've asked for the removal of our logo from all marketing associated with this product."
Creative Destruction, the game's Poland based developer, has responded to Valve's removal of the game by saying it respects the corporation's decision, adding that it was overjoyed with the response from supporters of the project.
The game is still to be released in Q2 2015 as planned.