The internet was abuzz with excitement and outrage as Destruction Creations debuted a trailer for their upcoming game, Hatred. The premise is simple – an unnamed main character declares war on society and endeavors to, in his words, “put in the grave as many as I can”. The obvious forebear to this scary little project is 1997’s notorious shooter, Postal, but it seems like Hatred is ready to up the ante in a post-Grand Theft Auto world. The depictions of violence are intense, particularly the cut scenes that feature people being stabbed to death or being shot at point-blank range. While it’s hardly for the timid (and definitely not for kids), it’s still a video game, and extremity goes with the territory.
It recently came to the attention of this column that several of the game’s designers were sporting metal t-shirts in their staff photo, so we decided to see where the dangerous nature of the music and the game intersect. Destruction Creations’ head honcho Jarosław Zieliński was happy to explain.
Hatred is still in development stages, yet the violent debut trailer has already generated intense controversy. Was this the intended effect?
Yes! But we never expected things to be so huge. The world’s feedback is beyond anything we expected. Maybe there’s a lot of negativity towards us, but we’ve got a lot of fans already and we’re really happy with it.
Considering the polarized nature of the press coverage so far, how do you think the game will fare upon release? Are you concerned about being censored by certain distribution outlets?
We’re pretty sure that Hatred will be banned in Germany and Australia and we’re aware of it since the beginning of development. Thanks to the press coverage I stopped worrying about sales, I have to say. We don’t have to sell a million copies to get along in the future, so we consider all banning and other problems as free advertisement for the title.
The fact is – if we would make the same game, but with zombies/aliens/demons, nobody would speak or write about it, besides a standard press announcement.
What’s the main statement in creating this game, aside from making something entertaining?
That we live in a free world and no one can forbid us to make the game we want.
It’s clear from the development team photo that at least some of you are metalheads. Did metal music and its message and presentation help inspire this game’s look and feel? The main character looks like a metalhead himself.
Well, I listened to this music almost my entire life, so I think it influenced some of the atmosphere I’m aiming at in Hatred. It’s always hard to explain why you listen to music considered “evil” and the same goes for explanation how you can make a sick game, while otherwiss being just another normal guy. I don’t really like “metalhead” word, by the way, and the main character’s appearance is like that because it fits perfectly, doesn’t it? I doubt he’s a metalhead, as he doesn’t have a band t-shirt, nor any patches on his trenchcoat.
Do you think it’s hypocritical that people seem so upset by Hatred, while games like GTA5 offer the same messages and game mechanics and have sold millions unabated?
I think it’s hypocritical to justify any actions of GTA5 protagonists with the story in that game. Yeah, so it’s ok to kill many people and law enforcement, because you want to earn money, sell drugs, and do all the ‘gangsta’ stuff? We live in a world where killing for money is everyday’s reality, and it seems nobody cares anymore. Personally, I prefer the honest ways of our Antagonist. He kills because of his emotions, not because of his greed. GTA5 is a magnificent game, though.
When it comes to violent video games, what are five metal albums you would listen to while playing them?
1. Truppensturm – Salute To The Iron Emperors
2. Black Witchery – Desecration Of The Holy Kingdom
3. Bestial Raids – Reversed Black Trinity
4. Pseudogod – Deathwomb Catechesis
5. Disgorge – Consume The Forsaken
6. (sorry, I have to) Hateplow – Everybody Dies
For more info: Find out more about the game and get your feelings hurt at the official Destructive Creations website.