The Culling 2 was launched on July 10 by developers Xavient Image: Twitter
The Culling 2 — successor to the popular 2016 Battle Royale game The Culling — has tanked barely a week after its launch. Developer Xavient Games has pulled the plug on the game and has taken it down from Steam.
Soon after the launch, the game started receiving negative reviews online and the player base reportedly dropped to single digits, prompting the developers to take the drastic steps. The company has announced that those who bought the game will get a full refund. The Culling 2 was launched for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4).
John Van Veld, director of operations at Xavient Games, made the announcement in a YouTube video. " Last week we launched The Culling 2, and that launch was not successful. One thing that's emerged very clearly for us is The Culling 2 is not a game you asked for, and it's not the game you expect as a worthy successor to The Culling," he said.
The company also announced it will focus on bringing updates to the original game instead. The Culling is a free-to-play game with a 16-player Battle Royale mode. Xavient also revealed it will release a new free to play build called The Calling Day One.
It might have been an embarrassing call for the devs, but we applaud the honesty showcased by Xavient in deciding not to make money off a product which the audience found sub-par.