A new game from Polish developers Destructive Creations could be breaking through the limits of what's acceptable in video games.
Many games will sometimes allow players to kill, murder, gun down, and maim innocents, but it's mostly an optional feature that probably says more about the player actually choosing to do those things rather than the developers themselves. Well, now there's a game being developed for PC where the entire premise is to kill innocent civilians, and it's called 'Hatred'.
I could explain what the game's all about from my point of view, but I've just taken the description from the game's website instead, it goes like this:
'Hatred is an isometric shooter with disturbing atmosphere of mass killing, where player takes the role of a cold blood antagonist, who is full of hatred for humanity. It's a horror, but here YOU are the villain. 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. :)'
The devs go on to explain that they've made this game as a somewhat direct opposite to the 'polite, colorful, politically correct' titles that they believe are being made these days.
The trailer for Hatred is below, and I warn you that this definitely isn't for everyone. I felt a slight uneasy feeling in my stomach as I watched this, and I've been playing violent games for many years.
The game is being developed using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4, but the company wants to distance itself from the project. In a statement to Eurogamer Epic Games said, '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.'
Hatred is due for release on PC sometime in Q2 2015.