Update: Hatred developer Destructive Creations has commented on having the game removed from Steam Greenlight, and has also provided some stats from its short-lived campaign.
The game received 13,148 yes votes and reached number seven out of just over 2,000 games on Greenlight. This would have put it on course for approval on Steam.
The developer said Valve was in its rights to remove the title, but questioned why other ultraviolent games were still available on the store.
"Even though games like Manhunt or Postal are still available on Steam we of course fully respect Valve’s decision, as they have the right to do so,” read a statement.
“In the same time we want to assure you that this won’t in any way impact the game’s development, game’s vision or gameplay features we’re aiming for. The game is still to be released in Q2 2015 as planned."
Original story: Valve has moved to quickly remove controversial game Hatred from Steam Greenlight following its arrival on the community voting platform earlier today.
The title, developed by Polish studio Destructive Creations, pits players in the role of a mass murderer who slaughters policemen and innocent civilians.
But after making its way on to Steam Greenlight, Valve has taken swift action to remove the title and end voting, ensuring the game will not go on sale on its store.
In a statement to Eurogamer, Valve’s Doug Lombardi stated it was a game that Valve would not publish on its store. No further explanation for its removal was provided.
"Based on what we’ve seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam,” he said.
“As such we’ll be taking it down.”
Valve is not the first company to distance itself from the title. In October, Epic Games asked for the developer to remove the Unreal Engine 4 logo from the trailer and from all marketing associated with the product.