Controversial residential massacre-based title Hatred has been removed from Steam’s Greenlight program by Valve.
The game only appeared on Greenlight yesterday and quickly received a huge amount of support, collecting more than 13,000 up votes and becoming the seventh most popular title on the service in a matter of hours.
Before the day was over, Valve removed the game from the community voting system.
’Based on what we’ve seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam,’
said Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi in a statement to Eurogamer
. ’As such we’ll be taking it down.’
Hatred developer Destructive Creations has responded to the move by saying that being kicked off Greenlight will not impact the development of the game in any way. They also consider the brief foray onto the service to be a success considering how much interest was shown by the community.
Steam has precedent for manually removing titles from Greenlight and two years ago it removed erotic title Seduce Me from the service.
Hatred was announced in October this year with a trailer that helped many commentators decide where they considered ‘the line’ to be when it comes to violent video games. Whilst many have condemned the title for its depiction of suburban mass shootings, arguments have also been made that the premise of the game is no real different from Postal or Manhunt, both of which are currently available on Steam.