Following the failure of The Culling‘s sequel, Xaviant has gone back to its roots with the release of The Culling: Origins.
“Two months ago, our studio felt like we’d crashed into the rocks. We were stuck and there was no clear path forward. We had to take a moment, take a breath, and think about how we’d steered our ship into such a predicament,” the developer wrote.
“After some real, serious soul-searching, we realized that there was no clear path forward unless we went back to right some wrongs in our past. The Culling is the game that put us on the map and presented us with some amazing opportunities. But you, the community, are the people who made that opportunity real. Somehow we lost sight of that, and we lost our way when we let you down.”
The Culling: Origins returns the game to its Day 1 state with a number of improvements, including a new art direction, XP and leveling, leaderboards, Cull Crates, new cosmetics, new weapons, skill-based matchmaking, and voice chat.
“There are some systems (such as wounds) that don’t match Day 1, nor do they utilize what was in the latest live version of the game,” Xaviant added. “Whenever we encountered a situation where we felt that the Day 1 approach wasn’t viable, we utilized surveys to gather community feedback that informed our decisions.”
Origins is free-to-play with optional premium cosmetics and paid DLC supporting the game.
All players who purchased The Culling before it went free-to-play will be gifted the “Original Gangster” founder’s pack. This pack contains two full “O.G.” outfits, 1000 Tokens, 10 Cull Crates, 4 Culling Cards, 2 weapon skins, a Taunt, and a Celebration.
The Culling: Origins is available now as a free download on PC.