Xaviant Studios, makers of games such as The Culling and The Culling 2, are shutting down yet another game shortly after release. This time, it’s their free-to-play battle royale, The Culling: Origins, a game that only launched 6-months ago.
The Culling: Origins will officially go offline on May 15th, 2019.
Oh, I should mention that it’s YOUR fault they’re axing The Culling: Origins. Well, according to Josh Van Veld it is, at least.
In Josh’s own words, “When we launched the Origins update and made the game free to play, our hope was that the revenue generated from in-app purchases would be enough to sustain our team and support ongoing development, but unfortunately that was not the case.”
To simplify that statement… Because players weren’t buying enough in-game microtransactions, Xaviant has been “forced” to shut the servers down. So, in essence, Mr.Van Veld is insinuating that it’s all the player’s fault. Xaviant did everything right, but you, the player, let them down by not purchasing enough microtransactions.
It couldn’t be that The Culling: Origins has failed to sustain more than 100 concurrent players since December 2018, and it definitely has nothing to do with the absolute failure that was The Culling 2. No, it’s you, the player’s fault for not buying enough MTX from a studio with a reputation of axing games.
Why oh why wouldn’t you buy more microtransactions in a game that was basically guaranteed to be shut down?
Whatever the case may be, The Culling: Origins being shut down just 6-months post-launch shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Xaviant Studios have now axed 3/3 of their previous games; the last one, The Culling 2, was axed just weeks after it released. That’s to say, I can’t imagine their fourth game (if there is a fourth) will have any better of a life cycle, but who knows.
At the time of writing, The Culling: Origins still has a “Starter Pack” and a “Founder Pack” listed for sale on Steam. I won’t be surprised if those packs remain available to purchase right up until the day The Culling: Origins goes offline. They did it with The Culling when Origins was announced, so to see Xaviant scam more people out of money for a game that’s being shut down wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit.