The saga of The Culling and its sequel, The Culling 2, has seen one disaster after another. Like most online games, developer Xaviant made several changes to the first game over time, but when these changes turned out to not be what players wanted, the team abandoned development and rushed out the sequel. Reception to the sequel was poor — it had a different style of gameplay to the original and this new style had been done better by other titles. It was removed from the store just a week after release. The team then returned to support the first game and it was changed to a free-to-play format in November. It seems like that didn't work either, because Xaviant has now announced the servers will close for The Culling in May.
The servers will be closed on May 15th, 2019. When this happens, players will be able to play the game's offline modes, but none of the online pay or online features will be available, including in-app purchases. The game will soon be delisted from the Microsoft Store too, although it is still available for download at the time of writing. This means that 15 of the game's 20 achievements will become discontinued on that date. They are:
The Duet achievement in The Culling worth 274 pointsWin an online Team Match The Serial achievement in The Culling worth 366 pointsGet 5 Kills in a single Online Match The Oldtimer achievement in The Culling worth 354 pointsReach 20 hours of time alive in Online Matches The Deuce achievement in The Culling worth 102 pointsDeal 200 damage in a single Online Match The Threes achievement in The Culling worth 125 pointsGet 3 Kills in a single Online Match The Pro achievement in The Culling worth 606 pointsGet 100 Career Kills The Delivery achievement in The Culling worth 101 pointsCall in a personal airdrop in an Online Match
The servers are closing because the team was unable to create enough revenue from in-app purchases to support the game once it had turned into a free-to-play title. The team size has been reduced to a point where they can no longer provide the online support the game needs. In the team's full statement, they're also looking for another development team to take the game forward, so there is a chance it might be resurrected in the future, but don't get your hopes up.
It seems fitting to leave the final word to the team at Xaviant:
While it’s sad for us to say goodbye, we want to offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has enjoyed the game, contributed feedback, and spent their hard-earned money to support our efforts over the years. The Culling has always been a labor of love, a learning experience, and an opportunity to pursue our passion for making games.
We've got the full list of The Culling achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.
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