Xaviant closing down The Culling 2, reviving The Culling 1

The Culling 2 pulled from sale after just one week

The Culling 2 developer Xaviant has announced that it is delisting the recently released battle royale game from online marketplaces, refunding purchasers, and instead focusing its efforts on reviving and supporting the day-one build of the original The Culling.

"It's definitely been hard to deal with the launch of The Culling 2, but it's been valuable for us in terms of making us look inward and look backward and see how we got here as a studio and as a team", Van Veld said. "It's been a lot to take in".

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Basically, after this horrendous launch, Xaviant made a decision to focus on what people liked about The Culling. It quickly gained some popularity on Steam, but lost its players base to bigger PC battle royale titles like "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds". So, for the sake of Xaviant, one can only hope that this bold move of removing the sequel entirely to refocus its attention on the first game pays off in the long run for the studio. In the video, he admits that the launch of The Culling 2 was "not successful", citing that it was "not a game that you asked for and it's not the game you expect as a worthy successor to The Culling". We weren't happy with the game ourselves.

Director of Operations Josh Van Veld took to the airwaves with the "State of the Game" letter to inform both games' communities of the cancellation and the rollback of The Culling. The studio also plans to resume work on "The Culling". In the video above, Van Veld offers a frank look at why the Xaviant team felt this would be the best move and details the team's plan to re-release the very first build of The Culling on test servers and support the game as it was in 2016. In addition to this, The Culling (the latest build from October 2017) will go back into development and will operate as the studio's platform going forward. For that, he apologized, and said that the original game is coming back. Combat goes back to its day one form. "Literally every aspect of the gameplay will be what you remember", Van Veld said.

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