Digital download service GOG has declined to distribute controversial shooter Hatred, the game’s developer has revealed.

"Hatred will not be available on GOG.com, even though gamers widely expected this to happen, because of GOG’s refusal to distribute the game," said Destructive Creations in a press release.

According to the studio, GOG trialled Hatred prior to its decision.

“They were [interested], they even tested it. And said that the game is good but ‘we can't’. That's the whole story,” wrote Destructive Creations on Facebook.

“We really wanted to be on GOG, but shit happens.”

GOG told us it had no comment.

In December Hatred was pulled from Steam Greenlight but then quickly reinstated by none other than Valve founder Gabe Newell.

“It turns out that it wasn’t a good decision, and we’ll be putting Hatred back up,” said Newell at the time.

“My apologies to [Destructive Creations]. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.”

Hatred is out next week.