Steam removes Hatred from Greenlight (Update: It’s back)
Update: The game has been re-added to Steam Greenlight today
without any further details or comments from Valve. Gabe Newell personally addressed the removal and sent the following message to Destructive Creations:
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.
Original Post: The controversial action game Hatred, in which players have to cause carnage and murder non-player characters for the fun of it, has been removed from Steam Greenlight almost immediately after its campaign went up.
Valve rarely goes out of their way to block games from releasing on their platform. They won’t allow titles that feature pornographic content, but as far as I recall the company never opposed a game based only on the amount of violence in it. The game’s developer seems to have noticed this as well, as they pointed out that: “games like Manhunt or Postal are still available on Steam” in a statement to Eurogamer. Even so, they don’t seem to bear a grudge and respect Valve’s right to decide what games appear on Steam.
It’s uncertain where Hatred will go from here, but perhaps it will appear on smaller digital platforms or sell via its own website.