Josh Van Veld, Director of Operations at Xaviant has today announced that The Culling has once again officially come to an end.
Following the game’s triumphant relaunch, Xaviant couldn’t quite keep things going and have officially pulled the plug. In a post over on the game’s blog, Van Veld wrote that they’d hoped the shift to free-to-play and in-game cosmetics would help give the game a new lease of life, but sadly that wasn’t the case.
“Even with thousands of active daily users, the revenue was only a fraction of what our dev team required to continue daily operations. As a result, we’ve been forced to reduce our team size, which renders us unable to provide ongoing support and updates that would allow the game to grow and thrive,” he wrote.
The Culling has had a bit of a rocky history with players being burned by Xaviant one too many times. Now with the news that the game has come to an end again, it’s likely players will no longer have faith in anything Xaviant put out in future.
The good news is that Xaviant seems open to offer The Culling to anyone keen to make the game into something great.
“If there is a team out there who is interested in taking the reins from us and exploring the game’s potential, please contact us at [email protected]. We think that with the proper resources and know-how in the free to play world, the right group could make great things happen,” Van Veld wrote, adding that:
“While it’s sad for us to say goodbye, we want to offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has enjoyed the game, contributed feedback, and spent their hard-earned money to support our efforts over the years. The Culling has always been a labor of love, a learning experience, and an opportunity to pursue our passion for making games.”
This, of course, comes as no real surprise to those who have been following Xaviant since the launch of The Culling Origins Edition as the developer went silent late last year and some even spotted that their office had been vacated.
Here’s hoping the rumor that Devolver Digital would snap up the IP comes true. Until then, players have until May 15, 2019, to dive into the game and bid it one final farewell until servers are shut down for good. Xaviant has also said that they’ll likely be removing the store pages ahead of this time.