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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

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.