Valve has pulled Destructive Creation's controversial title Hatred from Steam's Greenlight pages, expressing concern that it doesn't fit the company's publishing standards.
The game was pulled earlier today, just a few hours after it launched on the Greenlight service. A post from Destructive Creations shares a portion of the message the developer states it received from Valve.
"We wanted you guys to know that based on what we see on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we'll be taking it down."
Hatred is described as "an isometric shooter with disturbing atmosphere of mass killing," and Valve's developer guidelines for Steam Greenlight state that submission "must not contain offensive material or violate copyright or intellectual property rights."
That said, the developers are questioning why their game has been banned while other titles such as Manhunt and Postal are allowed through.
"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," Destructive Creations said in a response to Gamasutra.
"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."