Xaviant pulls The Culling 2 from stores, makes original free-to-play

Joanna Estrada
July 20, 2018

Not only does The Culling 2 not live up to its predecessor, but players also describe it as "beyond disappointing", and "a half-assed, rushed, and lazy game trying to use The Culling name to make a quick buck". It's been hard for us to wrap our heads around the situation. It's admirable to see such a quick response from Xaviant, but it's going to take a lot of work for them to regain a lot of the trust they burnt with their actions this year. After listening to public feedback, Xaviant has an answer: pulling The Culling 2 from store shelves. Instead, the studio plans on focusing its efforts on expanding the original game. "We took a game that you guys loved and we changed out from under you and I want to apologize for that". "We weren't happy with our relationship with the community, we weren't happy with how you felt about the game, we weren't happy with the game ourselves, but we didn't see a path forward". The rapid changes to the game's feel and melee focused combat soured its fans, causing its play count to fall from the highs of 12,000 to just over 100 by the time development ceased in March.

"The Culling 2 is not the game that you asked for, and it's not the game you expect as a worthy successor to The Culling", Xaviant director of operations Josh Van Veld explained in a video.

Xaviant is now in the process of contacting Valve, Sony and Microsoft in efforts to remove The Culling 2 from their digital storefronts and is making sure those who bought the game receive refunds.

The Culling 1 will be available in its "Day 1" form on the test servers starting this week, free for existing owners of the game. The updated version from the game's launch out of early access will be modified to mirror the day one build as close as possible.

"That means all the perks are coming back". Van Veld also apologized for how the team handled The Culling. What's more, at its most hyped there were only 249 players on the servers, which clearly isn't exactly a thriving fan base that's suitable for a game like The Culling 2.

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