Hatred has had quite the roller coaster ride in the past few months. It’s been removed from Steam Greenlight, put back on, and then finally Greenlit, all in the span of months. Hatred has been generating controversy for it’ frank and graphic display of violence against innocents – something particularly relevant in today’s world. Throughout the ordeal, the studio behind the game — Destructive Creation — has remained steadfastly optimistic about their game, their goal, and the support they’ve received from the community. We reached out to Destructive Creation after Hatred was Greenlit and asked them to comment on the past, present, and future of Hatred. Creative Director Jarosław Zieliński was kind enough to reply.
APGNation: What was your reaction when you saw Hatred had been Greenlit?
Jarosław Zieliński: To be honest — we’ve expected that, when we saw how many people voted during first hours of Hatred being on Greenlight (before it was pulled off). However, we didn’t know when it will be marked as Greenlit by Valve and it was a great surprise they did that quite quickly. One of the happiest days.
APGNation: What’s the next step now that you have the community’s blessing?
Jarosław Zieliński: We’re doing everything as planned — working hard to make a very decent shooter, preparing pre-orders and a new gameplay video. The community’s involvement in our Greenlight campaign is very motivating.
APGNation: Are there any plans to bring Hatred to consoles or other gaming mediums?
Jarosław Zieliński: Yeah, there are PLANS, but we’re not sure about any of them.
APGNation: How closely do you think Valve will be involved with you, due to the controversial nature of the game?
Jarosław Zieliński I think they’ll keep their distance to this project. And that’s fine.
APGNation: Do you have anything to say to people who believe this type of game — or this game in particular — shouldn’t exist?
Jarosław Zieliński I have to say that forbidding other people to play games they don’t like is simply an attack on one’s freedom.
A big thank you to Jaroslaw and his team at Destructive Creation for taking the time to reply. For more on Hatred and other gaming news, make sure to follow us on Twitter at @APGNation.