On Monday, Destructive Creations' Hatred
was removed from Steam Greenlight
because it didn't meet Valve's publishing standards.
Now the game has been reinstated to Greenlight and the developers have published a screenshot
to their Facebook page of what they claim is a direct apology from Gabe Newell.
"Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred
down from Greenlight," reads the note. "Since I wasn't up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn't a good decision, and we'll be putting Hatred
back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers."
Steam Greenlight's developer guidelines
-- which Hatred
was presumably seen to breach earlier this week -- still include only the vague restriction that submissions "must not contain offensive material or violate copyright or intellectual property rights."
-- described by its creators
as "an isometric shooter with disturbing atmosphere of mass killing" -- certainly seems to cross that line, but (as the developers pointed out in an email earlier this week) so too does Postal
, which has been available for purchase on Steam for some time.