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The Culling

3 months ago

5 months ago

The Culling 2 is dead; long live The Culling?

After its disastrous launch on July 10th, developers Xaviant have announced they intend to pull The Culling 2 from sale, refunding those who purchased it. In a very awkward and apologetic video (which you can see below), Xaviant's director of operations John Van Veld announced the studio's plans to cull their ill-fated sequel, and return to supporting the Hunger Games-inspired The Culling once more.

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The Culling 2’s devs now face ‘some admittedly difficult discussions’

Alright. So this kind of thing isn't particularly fun. I love games and I love the people that make games and oh god do I want to make sure that (especially) indie creators get every chance to see their products treated well. No matter how you slice it, there's bad news regarding the newest game from Xaviant Games, and said news probably means there's a…

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Game show battle royale The Culling 2 is out tomorrow

It feels like only a month ago that The Culling 2 was announced - sequel to Xaviant's early Battle Royale/Hunger Games inspired multiplayer FPS. Oh, wait, it was less than that. Three weeks and change to be specific. The developers are really not messing around on this one, as not only are they bypassing any kind of early access launch, but the game is will be…

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6 months ago

The Culling 2 won’t be mucking around in early access

Too soon? Last week’s announcement that The Culling 2 was in development came as a bit of a surprise, not least because the first game only left early access last October, before being left fallow a couple of months later. Though it grew popular in the pre-Plunkbat early access killing fields, the players drifted off, leaving the finished product bereft of contestants. Developer Xaviant argues…

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Early battle royaler The Culling is getting a sequel

Before there was Plunkbat and Fortnite, there was The Culling, swaggering into the twilight days of The Age Of Survival Games with a bare-faced but nonetheless accomplished multiplayer take on The Hunger Games - or, as we now call it/as we called it before The Hunger Games, battle royale. The lurid Culling burned bright for many months, as my recurring nightmares that I still have…

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2 years ago

The Culling free weekend celebrates staggering patch

Hunger Games 'em upThe Culling [official site] will be free to play in full this weekend to celebrate yesterday's launch of a big update that reworked combat and added a singleplayer wave survival mode. Xaviant Games' cheery take on Hunger Royale rode high on the Hunger Royale wave a year ago and it even pleased our Alec, who's far more of a singleplayer chap. But…

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Feature: DayZ's frantic cousin

Premature Evaluation: The Culling

Every week, Brendan is thrown into the deadly arena of early access to fend for himself amid the crafting games and first-person murderthons. This time, he tries to survive The Culling. When the man with the pink mohawk walked into my tripwire and got his leg trapped, I knew I had him. This creep had been chasing me the whole way down-river, firing arrows at…

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3 years ago

Patchle Royale: The Culling Launches Big Update

Following on from (and spawned in) sandbox craft 'em ups and survival games, early access multiplayer murderarenas inspired by Battle Royale and The Hunger Games are all the rage nowadays. The Culling [official site] is a pretty good one, as they go, even getting our Alec into multiplayer murder. Now developers Xaviant Games have launched The Culling's first "major" patch, which brings shiny new things…

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Steam Charts: Dinosaurs, Depths & Deception

Fans Of Things Not Staying Exactly The Same All The Time will be glad to hear that the latest weekly Steam top ten is quite a changed one from the previous week. A new number one, surprise re-entries and a loosening of Ubisoft's chokehold on the charts.

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Feature: The Hunter Games

The Culling Impressions: Battle Royale For The Masses

Coming in 2017: The Culling Of Battle Royale Games. 16 last man standing survival games fight to the death to be the only one allowed to briefly top the Steam charts. Yessir, as the glut of DayZ-inspired games perhaps come to the end of their time in the sun, the Zeitgeist has moved onto their more frantic and openly murderous offspring, the battle royale game.…

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Steam Charts: Clancy, Cavemen, Construction & Cullings

A run-down of the previous week's top-selling Steam titles is something I used to do regularly, but a combination of it tending to be fairly unchanging week-to-week and being a feckless human being who can't stand to do the same thing for long meant I fell out the habit. These are changed times, though: with indiepocalypses here and flash sales there, the Steam charts are…

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