The Culling 2 Removed From Store Shelves, The Culling Going F2P

The Culling 2 pulled from sale after just one week

In a video posted on Xaiant's YouTube channel, Josh Van Veld, director of ops issued an apology to fans for the disastrous launch of The Culling 2 last week, stating "one thing that has emerged very clearly for us is that The Culling 2 was not a game that you asked for, and it's not the game that you expected as a worthy successor to The Culling". After its July 10, 2018 release date, Xaviant's battle royale game was met with a wave of negative reviews and staunch criticism.

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 2 is one such disaster, but a huge pivot from the Xaviant team may keep the crew afloat.

Several days ago, Xaviant Games openly admitted to concerns about the future of its studio following the rocky release of The Culling 2, with the company having stated that it would "have some admittedly hard discussions" to make. Instead, the studio plans on focusing its efforts on expanding the original game. "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".


It also didn't help the fact that The Culling 2 was just, well, a bit crap to begin with as a video game.

The Day One build is The Culling as it was the day it launched into Early Access and it will be on test servers in the near future. "So we turned it off and we moved on to something else, and that was a mistake". This will no doubt please fans of the original game, as well as hopefully attract some new players too. Van Veld didn't get into exactly now that will work, but said that more information will be released later this week. The decision to pull the plug on The Culling 2 resulted from complaints over abandoning the original game, its decreased emphasis on melee combat, low server populations and more.

"We need [fans] to trust us, and we know that trust has to be earned one step at a time".

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