Controversial Shooter 'Hatred' Returns To Steam Greenlight After Removal, Devs Receive Email From Valve Boss Gabe Newell
If you've keeping a close eye on game news this week, you'll know that Hatred, a controversial indie shooter that has the player killing civilians and police officers as part of a "genocide crusade," was placed on Steam Greenlight then shortly pulled by Valve. Now, Hatred is back up on Greenlight following an apology to the developers from Gabe Newell himself.
Today developer Destructive Creations announced that their game was back on Greenlight and that Hatred currently sits in the top-ranked position of all other games on Steam's indie spotlight platform. The developers also shared the text of an email, reprinted below, that Creative Director Jaroslaw Zielinski received from Valve boss Gabe Newell himself, who apologized for the game's sudden removal from Steam.
Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn’t up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn’t a good decision, and we’ll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.
Good luck with your game.
If you're confused as to why Hatred stirred up some disagreement within the games industry, check out the game's trailer below. Not only is the game's premise of a shooter going on a rampage and killing innocent civilians a cause of controversy, but the game's featured executions are pretty unrestrained and graphic.
In any case, the game is once again on Greenlight where the Steam player base now has the chance to make their own decision and let Valve know whether or not they'd like to see this game hit distribution through Steam.