Valve have pulled controversial mass-murder video game Hatred from Steam Greenlight.

The game, developed by Destructive Creations, appeared on Greenlight late yesterday afternoon (15 Dec) but was pulled only a couple of hours later (via Eurogamer).

Greenlight allows developers to post early ideas and concepts from their game (gameplay videos, screenshots, early builds) for players to vote on. Get enough votes and Valve will consider the game to be sold through Steam.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Valve's Doug Lombardi said: "Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we'll be taking it down."

Hatred is a small budget isometric shooter that puts players in control of a suicidal mass murderer who slaughters innocent civilians. Obviously designed from day one to court controversy, the game duly did.

That controversy roused curiosity however. In response to Valve's decision to pull the game, Destructive Creations touted the success they enjoyed in just the couple of hours they were on Greenlight.

"After only a couple of hours [of the] Greenlight campaign being live, Hatred gathered 13,148 up votes and ended up on a #7 on Top 100 list," read a statement from the developer.

They then reiterated their plan to release the game in early 2015.

"At the end of the day you, gamers will judge if we were able to do a game that's simply fun to play," it concluded.

Fun that is, if you can get over how despicable and morally repugnant the game is.