Polish developer Destructive Creations has just released a debut trailer for their new game called Hatred. The isometric shooter puts players in the shoes of a sociopath who goes on a murderous rampage because reasons… and because his “whole life is just cold, bitter hatred”. Players will control this scary, 90s goth looking murderer as he guns down innocent civilians and police because the world has to pay for sucking. I dunno. It’s all very contrived and pretty much just a reason for making a game festooned with gratuitous violence and shock tactics.
The game hasn’t even existed in the public zeitgeist for more than 24 hours, but it’s already received a fair bit of criticism. For example: the game is built on Unreal Engine 4, and Epic Games has since purposefully distanced itself from Destructive Creations’ game.
In a move to remain diplomatic, Epic is rather tactfully saying that they’ve requested the removal of the UE4 logo because Destructive Creations didn’t get permission to use it in marketing. The fact that Epic also says they “explicitly don’t exert any sort of creative control or censorship over projects” kind of gives away the real reasons why they requested no part in this game.
The real issue with Hatred that many are pointing towards is the fact that the player is tasked with killing innocent bystanders. The trailer also glorifies this one-sided violence and the so-called “genocide crusade”. You can see for yourself below.
It’s also worth mentioning that Destructive Creations’ timing couldn’t have been worse considering the massive amount of self-regulation and introspection currently on display within the gaming industry. But, then again, there’s that whole “creative license” thing. Not much is known about the game outside of the trailer, but you can’t blame people for raising eyebrows with this one.
What are your thoughts? Is this over-stepping a mark? Is this a step backwards for an industry that’s coming out of a period of change? Are people taking this too seriously? Destructive Creations says on their own website: “…just don’t try this at home and don’t take it too seriously, it’s just a game. :)”