The Culling: Origins battle royale returns as a pay to play title on Xbox One

The battle royale genre is loaded with a ton of experiences with the biggest ones being free to play, including the likes of Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, PUBG and Fortnite being the biggest. However, there are smaller titles as well that have made some kind of splash like Cuisine Royale and the Darwin Project. The point is that there is a lot of choice for no up front cost.

However, Xaviant has made the decision to launch The Culling: Origins and has made it a pay to play title. If the name The Culling rings a bell then it should. The original The Culling launched in 2016 and ran for about a year before Xaviant decided to work on The Culling 2. That failed hard and was shut down quickly with refunds given out. Then The Culling: Origins released in 2018 only to be shut down. Now, it is launching tomorrow, May 14th, on Xbox One and it will not be cheap. I’ll let the press release do the talking.

  • Players can play one free match online each day. Players can play additional matches through the following means:
    • Winning an online match grants an Online Match Token
    • Packs of Online Match Tokens can be purchased (3 tokens = $0.99, 10 tokens = $2.99, 20 tokens = $4.99)
    • Online Passes providing unlimited online play can be purchased for 7 Days ($1.99) or 30 Days ($5.99)
  • Xbox One graphical quality improved dramatically, rendering at 30% higher resolution with the addition of anti-aliasing and an improved framerate
  • A.I. behavior has been overhauled to provide a much more compelling and challenging offline experience
  • Player stamina system has been tweaked – reducing the time it takes for stamina to fully regenerate
  • The game no longer includes premium items or charges for crates. Players can level up, earn crates, and unlock airdrops through offline play.
  • In order to keep the game alive indefinitely, a great deal of effort has been spent streamlining backend systems to reduce costs and improve efficiency.  A side effect of this effort is that past saved games will be wiped and all previous unlocks have been reset.

That’s right. The Culling: Origins, a battle royale title, will only allow players to take part in one match for free per day. To play more matches will cost you, unless you win. Xaliant has said that previously charging for crates and items did not help the previous iterations, so the company is trying something different. As of right now the announcement trailer has 191 likes and 1.8k dislikes on YouTube.

Source: Press Release

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  1. Wow, so they thought that was a good idea?! Might be one of the worst monetisation systems ever for a battle royale game. Can’t see it doing well.

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