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Battle Royale is back as The Culling: Origins returns to Xbox One!


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Remember The Culling from Xaviant? If you don’t then all you need to know is that it was one of the pioneers of the Battle Royale scene, before PUBG and Fortnite came along to spoil the party. Now though The Culling is back and with The Culling: Origins Xbox One players will get the chance to go back to where it all began.

Guts, brains and skill are all required to survive in The Culling: Origins on Xbox One, and with a host of new features and improvements, no matter whether you were a veteran from back in the day, or are coming in to this survival experience new, it promises to deliver a fair old bit.

Originally taking the world by storm in 2016, before coming out of Game Preview and then being pulled, The Culling: Origins returns to Xbox One on Thursday 14th May 2020 for around $5.99 USD, with a 1-day free trial giving you a little sneak peek ahead of payment being made. However, those who previously purchased The Culling Origins or downloaded the game while it was free-to-play will be able to play without any requirement of an additional purchase.

“The Culling is one of the pioneers of the Battle Royale genre and even today it stands alone as a unique up-close-and-personal combat experience,” said Josh Van Veld, Xaviant’s Director of Operations. “We get messages every day from players who want The Culling to come back and for the last several months we’ve been working to make that happen.”

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“Our new approach focuses on sustainability – we’ve optimized our systems to keep server costs low and we’ve shifted our monetization approach to ensure that players will be able to visit the island for years to come. Initially we’re focusing on Xbox One with this effort,” Van Veld concluded, “But we’re working to bring back the PC version in the future.”

The Culling: Origins relaunches on Xbox One with the following updates:

  • 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.

Tempted by this new, old, Battle Royale experience? Get yourself over to the Xbox Store from the 14th May and grab that download. And don’t forget to let us know what you think of the game. The comments section is down below.


The Culling: Origins Description:

Battle Royale is back! The game that took the world by storm in 2016 has returned to Xbox One. Now with a host of improvements and features, The Culling: Origins takes you back to the island where it all began… and asks whether you have the guts, brains, and skill required to survive. Welcome to The Culling. As a contestant on this deadly game show you must explore, scavenge items, craft weapons, and build traps that will enable you to slay your fellow contestants and emerge victorious before the end of the round. Only with cunning, skill, and a little luck will you be able to prevail and survive the match.

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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