[UPDATE 3] GOG has released a statement on Hatred. Read it here.
[UPDATE 2] Epic Games, the owner of video game development engine Unreal Engine 4, issued a statement today to GameSpot on Hatred’s use of the technology.
“Epic Games isn’t involved in this project. Unreal Engine 4 is available to the general public for use ‘for any lawful purpose,’ and we explicitly don’t exert any sort of creative control or censorship over projects. However, the video is using the trademarked Unreal Engine 4 logo without permission from Epic, and we’ve asked for the removal of our logo from all marketing associated with this product.”
[UPDATE 1] A representative for Destructive Creations has responded to GameSpot’s request for comment regarding Hatred. The studio confirmed that it does indeed plan to release the game, and would like to launch on Steam or GOG, if they allow it.
“Yes, we really plan to release this game publicly and for PC only,” the studio said. “We’re too small [a] team to develop it on any other platform at the moment. We really wish to release [a] digital version through Steam and GoG, but actually we have no idea if they will let us to do this, because of all the sh**storm the game is delivering. We really would like to find a publisher for retail version also, but it might be hard for the same reason.”
The original story is below.
Polish developer Destructive Creations has released the first gameplay trailer for Hatred, an isometric shooter where you play a cold-blooded killer on a mass-shooting spree.
The above trailer is beyond brutal, showing the antagonist (the character you play) moving through the outskirts of New York State, killing all manner of people–including law enforcement–seemingly at random and with excessive force. The game runs on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.
You’ll gather equipment from your fallen enemies to “spread Armageddon” across society. Destructive Creations warns, “Just don’t try this at home and don’t take it too seriously, it’s just a game. :)”
Why would you want to play a game like Hatred? Destructive Creations has an answer for that, too. “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,” the studio said.
Hatred aims to be “something different,” and a game that gives players “pure, gaming pleasure,” Destructive Creations said. The game “takes no prisoners and makes no excuses,” the studio explains, adding that it doesn’t plan to shy away from the fact that this is a game about killing people.
We have reached out to Destructive Creations, asking for more details about Hatred, such as if they actually plan to release the game, what platforms we can expect it on, and if they will release the game on their own or through a distributor like Steam or GOG.
The release of Hatred’s gameplay trailer today has inspired much discussion on Twitter. We’ve rounded up some tweets about the game, and you can see them below.