Survival of the fittest. We’ve seen it in the movies, we’ve seen it on the TV, but now it’s time to pit man against man as The Culling arrives.

Available right now on Xbox One as the latest title to join the Xbox Game Preview program, The Culling is a battle-royale style first-person survival game developed by indie studio Xaviant.

After a successful showing on Steam, it’s now time for players on Xbox One to step into the island full of traps, become one with the land and be the true survivor in the all vs all contest. Make the most of air drops and select your playstyle as you look to prey on the weaknesses of others. Poisonous gas close to your hideout? Turn it into a trap to stop anyone looking to hunt you down.

Each match pits 16 contestants into a 25 minute rush to craft, scavenge, build and hunt. Only one can be crowned the winner, but do you have what it takes to survive? Or will you be lost on the island as a reminder of what failure means to others.

Features include:

  • Intense 25 minute,16 player matches. Available in both solo and team modes.
  • Sharpen your skills in the tutorial, or try your hand at the offline survival mode against waves of murderous robots.
  • Battle it out in the lush island paradise of The Island or the intimate halls of Cul County Correctional.
  • Gain levels and unlock more than one thousand customization items to help your contestant stick out from the pack.
  • Choose your poison and pick from dozens of ranged and melee weapons.
  • Turn up the action to 11 with Lightning Rounds.
  • What’s a game show without events? Try your luck at Shake & Bake, Loot Piñata and more!
  • Outfit your character with powerful perks and airdrops that could give you the upperhand in battle.
  • Victory is even sweeter when it comes at the expense of your friends. Play in private matches and find out who on your friends list is the best.

The Culling is out now on Xbox One and PC for the price of £19.99. Don’t forget, as an Xbox Game Preview title, The Culling will be amended and shaped as the developers see fit. Just be aware that you are not paying for a fully released title… just yet!

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Game Description:

This game is a work in progress. It may or may not change over time or release as a final product. Purchase only if you are comfortable with the current state of the unfinished game. ARENA BATTLE ROYALE Welcome to The Culling! 16 contestants will duke it out in cleverly crafted arenas. It’s a winner-takes-all showdown for glory and the entertainment of our home audience! It’s a show, it’s a game, it’s a game show about violence! AND THEN THERE WAS YOU There can only be one winner, and just like your parents always said, that’s you! Get dirty, play dirty, and get up close and personal as you trap, shoot, explode and take on your enemies face to face in combat that’s more personal than your mama jokes. PERSONAL AIRDROP Select your Airdrop and plan your attack before your boots even hit the ground. When the time is right, open up your arsenal and unload a world of hurt upon your opponents. Defense, offense, nonsense, the choice is yours! ENVIRONMENT HAZARDS Don’t like the way the tables have tilted? Tilt them right back in your favor. From toxic gas to falling bridges and traps, there are plenty of creative ways to use your surroundings to your advantage. WEAPONS, TRAPS, STIMS OH MY! Dice em, slice em, pick em and prod em. From the mighty pitchfork to the lowly rifle — we got it all. In The Culling, melee is king, and a few non-FDA-approved stimulants to enhance your combat effectiveness never hurt. Run faster, get stronger and become thicker…skinned to even the odds. PERKS We’re all special little butterflies and contestants are no different. Tailor your combat experience by mixing and matching Perks in the main menu to become the best you that you can be! PROGRESSION There may only be one winner, but in The Culling, nobody goes home a loser! Gain levels and unlock new customization options, including weapon skins, clothing, and taunts to show other contestants who’s boss. PLAYER’S CHOICE Winning is the goal, but how you do so is up to you. Contestants can play alone or with a friend as they take on multiple arenas and modes in search of a place on the podium. Got a plan? Want to test a strategy? Check out the tutorial and the practice range where you can hone your skills and embrace the homicidal lunatic your family always suspected you might be! MULTIPLE ARENAS The show’s producers have custom-tailored each of the arenas for maximum bloodshed and entertainment value. Outfitted with the latest motion sensitive cameras, hosts CHAS and CHASTITY keep contestants up to date with the latest gruesome events. Arenas are also outfitted with a “perfectly safe”green poison gas that creeps in to keep the action flowing, just like the adrenaline in your veins! SURVIVAL ISLAND The island that started it all, featuring lush trees, tranquil water, warm sunshine, and abandoned buildings. Enjoy all of the above as you hunt down your foes, using the tropical terrain to your advantage. Complete with unique match events such as Shake & Bake and Drop Your Bridges, this may be the gold standard of arenas. CUL COUNTY CORRECTIONAL Have you ever wanted to simulate a prison break? If so, you’re in luck. Under the shadow of night, you’ll find out why they’re called inmates in this intimate new battleground. Loot wards, lock down cells and make prisoners pay for their sins as you become the head honcho on the block. LIVE THE SHOW And where would a game show be without the games? Match Events keep contestants on their toes and are fun for the whole family. Shoot down free air drops in Loot Pinata, asphyxiate the competition with The Chokening or try your hand at an explosive game of Three Crate Monty! These are just a few of the exciting events that The Culling has in store for you, Contestant! Full details on the latest status of the game, how you can give feedback and report issues can be found at www.theculling.com.

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