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Developer Destruction Creation’s upcoming independent shooting game Hatred is slated for a June 1st release.

Since it’s announcement, Hatred has been a controversial title for the gaming press, with some outlets calling it a “murder simulator” back in October of 2014. The title was so divisive, Valve removed Hatred from Steam Greenlight for a time, only to have Valve CEO Gabe Newell apologize for censoring the game and reinstating it on Steam.

Currently, Hatred is scheduled to be released only on Steam, and will be the first game ever to be released with an “Adults Only” rating on the service.

The creative director of Hatred, Jarosław Zieliński, has argued that Hatred is a more honest portrayal of how murder looks outside of the scope of typical video games, which he has termed as “politically correct.”

“I grew up playing all kind of games. More or less violent. And I’m still just a regular guy like millions of other gamers in the world. But what I observe these days are games, that used to be considered a rebellious medium, losing that factor and just trying to fit in the nice and sweet pop-culture,”  Zieliński stated in an interview with Polygon. “So the spark that was present in Doom, Kingpin or Postal was lost somewhere in the process. Those games had no limits. So we’ve decided to rebel against this overall trend and go back to the roots. Create a game, that we want to play and not the one that will try to please anybody’s expectations.”

Hatred will have you play “the Antagonist” as you go around killing innocent civilians in an urban setting. The game is set in a top-down perspective, giving you a full view of the violence that the Antagonist takes part in.

So what do you think? Is Hatred going to be worth a play, or is it just best left alone? Leave your comments below


Robert Grosso

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  • Zanard Bell

    You know just by the virtue of Hatred being controversial, I doubt there will be a lot of review coming from the usual videogame sites, nor will their reviews be objective. (Apparently, if you have to believe some little twit in some close-to-dead site, objectivity is a silly thing to strive for.)

    Looking forward to your honest review, then, TechRaptor.

  • sickbroski

    Keep in mind lots of commenters have trashed the game or attempted to get it banned/censored to preserve the good image of “games as art”. The reviewers and blog writers are not alone in their mission to eradicate shocking material “that gives ammunition to the anti-gamers”.

  • Riddle

    I probably won’t buy or play Hatred, because that “pure evil” doesn’t appeal to me personally. It’s f’d up, and so I won’t buy it. But I’ll be damned if I’ll let anyone try to keep them from making or selling it. It’s their art. And if no one buys it, then voila capitalism. And if people do buy it and it’s great, then voila capitalism. Censorship can bite my shiney metal ass.

  • TeLin特林

    Wonder how many will be buying it as a virtual slap in a face against censures.

  • eltonBorges

    Is it the first AO game on Steam?

  • coboney

    A lot of games that push boundaries don’t go to be rated. You don’t have to be rated to get on steam typically. For some reason Hatred requested a rating – I guess it thought it might get less than AO and go on consoles – so it is the first one actually rated at AO to go on it.

  • Robert Grosso

    Frankly, too many people I fear.

  • Tizlor

    This isn’t any different than the GTA games, which in the original had you drive around picking people up on a public transit bus and dropping them off a meat processing plant to be butchered and turned into meat.

    Or in Kingpin, where pretty gruesome location based damage and extreme profanity were the norm. It was also banned by quite a few retailers, despite being a decent game.

    A woman paints pictures with her period blood and calls it art. I’m going to be painting

    brainsplatter pictures on a virtual sidewalk and call it art, too, even if you don’t agree with it.

  • root

    I really, really don’t see why people are suddenly pretending to be moral paragons with this game. Gaming as a medium relies a lot on violence thematically. After shit like Postal and Manhunt I don’t think an indie twin stick shooter is going anywhere we haven’t before, but I suppose people are all too quick to forget that when they have to awnser to people less involved in the medium.

  • Robert Grosso

    It’s really terrible art then. So we should be able to censure it appropriately if the need arises.

  • TeLin特林

    I guess I’ll be one of the few who’ll buy it based on the fact it’s insane. Reminds me of Postal…but playing closer to the line/edge(perhaps even crossing it).