Polish studio Destructive Creations' twin-stick murder simulator Hatred is coming to the Nintendo Switch, it has been confirmed.
Released in 2015, the game gained notoriety for its glorification of violence – something which caused Valve to remove it from their Steam Greenlight service. It was later reinstated, along with an apology from Valve's Gabe Newell.
Placing you in the role of a cold-blooded killer who is "sick and tired of humanity’s worthless existence" and intent on "cleansing the land", Hatred was positioned by its developer as a response to "politically correct" trends within the games industry:
These days, when a lot of games are heading to be polite, colorful, politically correct and trying to be some kind of higher art, rather than just an entertainment , we wanted to create something against trends. We say ‘yes, it is a game about killing people' and the only reason of the antagonist doing that sick stuff is his deep-rooted hatred.
The game was awarded an 'Adults Only' rating, making it the third video game to receive the rating for extreme violence – Manhunt 2 and the unreleased Thrill Kill are the other two.
As for the game's quality, it currently holds a Metacritic rating of 43/100, with the user score being 4.7. Game Informer said of the PC version: "The game takes itself extremely seriously and has plenty of extremely violent content and murder, but it ends up feeling more like camp." Gamespot added: "Hatred is too repetitive to be exciting, too dumb to be frightening, too basic for you to feel accomplished at its end, too dour to be violently cathartic, too self-serious to engender ironic amusement, and yet still too childish to matter... essentially, it's a nothing of a game." UK outlet The Guardian perhaps put it best: "At its worst, it’s the gaming equivalent of a drunkard shouting abuse from a park bench. At its best … well, the drunkard has leapt up and now he’s wielding a plastic knife." Maybe not one to get too excited about, then?
Nintendo does not permit Adults Only-rated games on the eShop, so it remains to be seen if some content has had to be removed. No release date has been revealed yet, either.