People talk about balance a lot when it comes to multiplayer games, but there can be just as much, if not more, fun found outside of its constraints. There's something about overcoming the odds against an overpowered enemy that just feels so much more rewarding than winning against an equal opponent. The Culling looks like it could provide a lot of this feeling.
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Though The Culling asks players to craft, scavenge and build traps, it's purely focused on efficiency and each match will last around 20 minutes, so stop typing that comment you were just writing about there being too many survival games.
It also looks like it won't be quite as unbalanced as you may initially assume, because developer Xaviant have eSports aspirations.
“Until now, battle royale has been limited to add-on modes found in various open-world survival games," it says on the game's Steam page. "We are building The Culling from the ground up as the first stand-alone entry in the battle royale genre. Our goal is to not only for The Culling to be the genre leader, but also to grow into a popular e-sport."
Players will have to balance aggression with caution, hunting down supplies to prepare for the end of the match where poison gas will restrict the size of each arena, forcing players into a final, deadly confrontation.
It sounds like an interesting project, and the developers seem to be keen on listening to feedback, even going as far as promising to share their Trello roadmap with the community, with the ability to vote on which features players want the team to focus on next.
There's loads more information over on The Culling's Steam page, but there isn't a price point or release date as yet. There is a trailer, though, and you can watch that below: