Well, that was quick. Poland-based Destructive Creations’ ultra-violent game “Hatred” is back on Steam Greenlight after disappearing from the user-voted program on Monday. Co-founder and managing director of Valve Gabe Newell reportedly sent the developer studio a letter that apologized for removing the game, which they proudly displayed on the “Hatred’s” Facebook page.
"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.
Yes, that’s correct. Gabe Newell himself approved that the game be added back to Steam Greenlight, a service on the popular platform that lets players select which games are added to Steam’s repertoire. Earlier this week, “Hatred” received 13,148 votes from users on Steam Greenlight’s list of most wanted games before it was removed.
A quick glimpse at the game’s one and a half minute trailer and you’ll probably see why. The video opens on an angry male collecting knives and guns from a table in a darkened room, then walking outside and shooting, stabbing and murdering innocent women, police officers and pedestrians. Proving that no press is bad press, the game’s trailer has received more than 100 thousand views since it was pulled from Steam Greenlight on Tuesday -- and has garnered more than 1.3 million views on YouTube since the video launched in October..
“These days, when a lot of games are heading to be polite, colorful, politically correct and trying to be some kind of higher art, rather than just an entertainment – we wanted to create something against trends,” Destructive Creations says when it described the game on its web site. One thing's for sure -- the game certainly seems profitable, which is most likely why Steam chose to put it back up on Greenlight.