The Culling 2 launched on July 10th, and its numbers are spectacularly abysmal. The game’s all-time peak is just 249 players on Steam. At the time of writing, only four people have been online simultaneously in the last 24 hours. And, most damning of all, the game reached a spectacular low of one active player Thursday morning.
(One must wonder what that single player is doing in the game. Is he or she AFK? Exploring the empty map at a leisurely pace? Racking up instant wins? We can only imagine.)
In fact, by looking at Steamcharts, there are actually more people playing the first The Culling than the sequel. While the first game was by no means popular—it has an all-time peak of 12,622 players and, at the time of writing, only 32 people have played the game consecutively in the last day—that’s still sadly much higher than the brand-new sequel.
Part of the reason for The Culling 2‘s failure is bad timing. Fortnite Battle Royale’s fifth season began today, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds just reopened a test server. Most players interested in Battle Royale game modes are going to flock to one of the more popular games, since, after all, it’s only a Battle Royale if you have tons of other players battling it out with you. Another reason may be the look of the game; compared to either of the two mentioned above, it just looks unfinished.
The Culling 2 is currently out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Based on its numbers, though, it may not have much longer left to live.