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The Culling: Origins has weird 'one free match per day' restriction

The Culling
The Culling (Image credit: Xaviant)

What you need to know

  • The Culling is a first-person battle royale game.
  • It hasn't had the best reception.
  • The new version Xbox One version, called The Culling: Origins, has strange restrictions.
  • You can play one free match a day, unless you win, and have to buy tokens and passes.

The Culling is a battle royale game that has seen better days. There was The Culling, then The Culling 2 came out, but then the team returned to The Culling and fixed it up? I don't even remember, but there's a lot of back-and-forth going on.

What I'm about to tell you next will be the highlight of this saga though. I'm going to start off by sharing a press release Windows Central received from the makes of the game.

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. 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. 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. But we're working to bring back the PC version in the future.

The Culling: Origins will relaunch with the following updates:

  • Players can play one free match online each day.
  • Players can play additional matches through winning an online match or buy a "Pack of Online Match Tokens" from $1-5. There are also passes available that grant access for a week to a month. The 30-day access costs $6 so it's not that bad, but it's essentially a subscription game.

Apparently, Xbox One graphical quality has also been improved dramatically, rendering at a 30 percent higher resolution with the addition of anti-aliasing and an improved frame rate.

I think this whole tokens for play model is flawed, since we've moved past arcades. However, if you like the game, check it out.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

2 Comments
  • If only they weren't so concerned about crapping out a sequel for the sake of it and instead updated and nourished their initial release.
  • I can picture the marketing now: Have you ever wanted that nostalgic feeling of popping dollar after dollar into an arcade and spending hours on end with your favourite game? Do you wish you could actually own your own arcade machine so you could play said game whenever you want for as long as you want? Well, with The Culling: Origins you can have both. It's like buying the arcade machine and having the original owner come in and empty your hard earned dollars every week! It's fun for the whole family! (disclaimer: fun specifically will be had by the person supplying the game and their family after taking a holiday with your money)