The Unreal Engine logo has been removed from a trailer for a game in which players control the perpetrator of a mass shooting.
Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 is being used to develop Hatred, a game revealed this morning to a bevy of winces.
In a statement, Epic said it isn’t involved in the project in any way.
“Unreal Engine 4 is available to the general public for use ‘for any lawful purpose,’ and we explicitly don’t exert any sort of creative control or censorship over projects. However, the video is using the trademarked Unreal Engine 4 logo without permission from Epic, and we’ve asked for the removal of our logo from all marketing associated with this product,” the company said.
Polish developer Destructive Creations has already complied with the request. Creative director Jarosław Zieliński told Polygon that the inclusion of the logo has an error.
“I worked on titles and trailers in the past with the Unreal engine license, that is different from the current EULA. Putting Unreal logo at the beginning of our trailer was an obvious choice for me, as the engine is an amazing tool and in fact I considered it mandatory. So I guess I was simply wrong thinking it’s a must,” he said.
While the graphic violence in the game is already causing debate, questions are being asked about the political agenda behind the game.
As noted by Fuck No Video Games, company CEO Zieliński’s personal Facebook reveals he endorses the Polska Liga Obrony (Polish Defense League), a group with anti-immigration and Islamphobic beliefs.
The controversial trailer is embedded below: