Updated 17/10/2014 9:30pm:

The Polish studio behind Hatred has links to far-right extremist groups, according to a report by FNVG.

Ultraviolent mass-murder sim Hatred linked to Polish far-right extremists

The public Facebook page of Destructive Creations CEO Jarosław Zieliński displays an endorsement of the Polska Liga Obrony (Polish Defence League), an Islamophobic, anti-immigration, nationalist group in Poland.

A photo of the development team on the game's website shows another team member wearing a shirt depicting Żołnierze wyklęci (Cursed soldiers), a historical anti-communist paramilitary group.

FNVG also points out that the violent murder scenes featured in the trailer predominantly show the white protagonist brutally despatching victims of non-white ethnicity.


Updated 17/10/2014 2:02pm:

Destructive Creations CEO Jarosław Zieliński has told Eurogamer he doesn't think the game goes too far.

"It's just shooting virtual characters and if anybody has a problem with distinguishing reality from a game, he should turn off his computer and go for a long walk," he said.

"We do what you can find in so many titles, we just don't want justify it. If someone doesn't like the game and feels disgusted with its content, he doesn't have to play it - plain and simple. It's definitely not game for everyone."


Original story 17/10/2014 9:17am:

Epic Games is looking to distance itself from Hatred, an isometric shooter that appears to celebrate mass killings.

Hatred is the first title from Destructive Creations, a Polish studio primarily composed of former developers from The Farm 51 (Painkiller: Hell and Damnation, Get Even).

Epic is unhappy that the Unreal Engine logo is used in the game’s violent announce trailer.

"Epic Games isn't involved in this project,” said the company in a statement.

“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."

Hatred puts the player in the boots of a cold-blooded killer on a mass-shooting spree in New York State, whose aim is to "spread Armageddon", according to Destructive Creations.

“It's a horror, but here YOU are the villain,” the studio said.

“Wander the outskirts of New York State, seek for victims on seven free-roam levels. Fight against law enforcement and take a journey into the antagonist's hateful mind.

“Gather equipment of the dead ‘human shields’ to spread Armageddon upon society. Destroy everything on your way of hunt and fight back when it's disturbed...just don't try this at home and don't take it too seriously, it's just a game.”

Anticipating controversy, the studio is clear about why it is developing the game.

“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 game’s official website reads.

“Something different, something that could give the player a pure, gaming pleasure. Here comes our game, which takes no prisoners and makes no excuses.

“We say ‘Yes, it is a game about killing people’ and the only reason of the antagonist doing that sick stuff is his deep-rooted hatred.

“Player has to ask himself what can push any human being to mass-murder.”

Destructive Creations told Gamespot it intends to only release the game on PC.

"We're too small [a] team to develop it on any other platform at the moment,” said a representative.

“We really wish to release 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."