Hate-crime game removed from Steam Greenlight

UPDATE: Valve has removed Hatred from the Steam Greenlight program.

Valve spokesperson Doug Lombardi explains:

Based on what we’ve seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we’ll be taking it down.

Developer Destructive Creations is not deterred, claiming that in just a few short hours, Hatred‘s Greenlight campaign gathered more than 13,000 up votes, placing it 7th on a Top 100 list.

ORIGINAL STORY: On a day where Australia’s largest city is caught up in a politically-driven hostage crisis, a game described as a hate crime is now open for voting on Steam Greenlight. The team at Destructive Creations has also released a short teaser trailer for Hatred – and if you were hoping for something other than mindless slaughter, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

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We’re announcing that Hatred is featured at Steam Greenlight. Yeah! Now you can VOTE and DECIDE to start the madness at one of most popular gaming platforms!

Admittedly, this latest video shows the greasy-haired gunman dispatching people other than women and ethnic minorities, but still offers no reason why he’s embarking on his “genocide crusade”.

For something that seems like such a crucial part of why Hatred exists, that reason is something Destructive Creations don’t actually explain in the full game, says studio CEO Jarosław Zieliński in a recent interview:

There is a story, but …it’s not saying why the main character is doing stuff like this. We didn’t want to make any background on this character, because it’s good to keep some mystery around him. Besides, we didn’t want to justify mass murdering, yes?

Looking at the team behind the game, it’s not surprising that many people have started to surmise what the motivations might be – Zieliński and several of his colleagues publicly support right-wing hate groups, including Islamophobic, homophobic and racist organisations like the Polish Defence League, the National Radical Camp and the All-Polish Youth. The developers deny that their game will inspire mass-murders, because – effectively – it’s “just a game“.

The studio explains that the new trailer has been released to give Steam gamers a good look at the “true game potential and brutality”. We’re told that any similarities to the original trailer are not because it doesn’t actually have any original content. Instead, the studio wants to “save some ammo” for the full gameplay trailer set for release next month – a video that also promises more “nice” features for diehard fans.

Steam Greenlight asks the simple question: “Would you buy this game if it were available in Steam?” – the obvious answer in this case should be a resounding No thank you.

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