We all have heard about shooting-sprees and massacres, but what if someone was to make a video game about them? Well, a game developer based in Gliwice, Poland known as “Destructive Creations” decided to do just that. Enter the isometric perspective shooter video game, Hatred. While some would think that this game would place the player in the roll of a SWAT team officer or a counter-terrorist, it actually places the player in control of the mass-shooter protagonist. Hatred was first announced via a controversial trailer on October 16, 2014 and in the subsequent weeks following the aforementioned date, the game has been catching a lot of attention.
As most would imagine, the attention brought upon Hatred is mostly negative. The trailer itself depicts a tall, shadowy male figure who is engaged in a soliloquy while loading up on an AK-47, a few grenades, and a knife inside of a small building. The figure, who is the protagonist of the game, says in the trailer, “My name is not important. What is important is what I'm going to do ... I just ****in' hate this world. And the human worms feasting on its carcass. My whole life is just cold, bitter hatred. And I always wanted to die violently. This is the time of vengeance and no life is worth saving. And I will put in the grave as many as I can. It's time for me to kill. And it's time for me to die. My genocide crusade begins here.” As his ever-disturbing speech comes to an end, he is outside of the small building he was standing in and is now on a massive execution-spree. The rest of the trailer is a montage of the protagonist moving about in various areas, killing innocent male & female civilians and police officers.
Because of the wanton cruelty depicted in the trailer, many members of the gaming community (including the popular website Polygon) condemned the game as being controversial. Supporters of the game call the non-supporters hypocrites because of how GTA V is tolerated, but this game is not receiving equal toleration. What some will argue is that killing innocents in GTA V is only an option whereas killing innocents in Hatred is obviously mandatory i.e. the goal of the game. As if Hatred being basically a massacre simulator was not enough, rumors began to float around that the owner of Destructive Creations and other developers on the team were associated with a Polish neo-Nazi group known as Polska Liga Obrony. Apparently, Jaroslaw Zielinski, the CEO of Destructive Creations and animator for Hatred, had Polska Liga Obrony’s Facebook page “liked,” thus starting the rumors. In an interview with Polygon, he clarified he had no idea it was a neo-Nazi group and that he only had it liked as it would provide his Facebook wall with regular updates on the conflicts in the Middle East.
Regardless of this clarification, Zielinksi and other developers on the Destructive Creations team wrote out a statement on the company’s website condemning Nazism and declaring that no one at Destructive is involved with any sort of racist ideals. One developer takes the issue further and notes that Hatred is not any sort of racist killing game either. Quoting him, “There is one more thing - accusing Hatred to be some kind of racist game. What the hell is wrong with you, people? The Antagonist is killing everyone equally, race doesn't matter (it's randomly generated for all NPC's), sex doesn't matter (it's random too), so you can call it the most tolerant game, promoting equality. Here everybody dies.” I’m more than sure when he said “Antagonist,” he meant the protagonist you play as or the anti-hero, rather.
With the rumors of Neo-Nazism out of the way, the controversy of Hatred itself still looms. The game is scheduled for a 2015 Quarter 2 release on Microsoft Windows. The developers hope to release the game through Steam and GOG.com if permitted. Hatred will run on Unreal Engine 4 and use Nvidia PhysX physics. The trailer itself is fairly gruesome, but it is no Manhunt, Thrill Kill, or Manhunt 2 (uncensored version, of course). Regardless, if you watch the trailer, it is fair to say to not do so in public as to not distress those less-sensitive individuals around you. Going further, what some supporters of the game are wondering is if there is more gruesome gore or controversy that will be brought to light as the tentative release date approaches. Some individuals on YouTube are even hopefully calling for the game to include animals, children, and babies as potential victims. Whether these comments are “trolls” or serious is difficult to decipher, but interestingly enough, comments such as these have been getting over 100 thumbs-up in some cases. Watch the trailer for yourself below and see what you think!
Thank you Patrick_Bateman for telling me about this game nearly 25 minutes ago and inspiring me to do some research!