Weekly Island Diary: May 19, 2017

Hello fellow contestants! 

It’s Friday, which can only mean one thing. More inside info from the team here at Xaviant.

Last week we kicked off our weekly edition of the Island Diaries and we have been excited by response it has gotten. You’ve made it clear that you truly appreciate a peek behind the curtain, and there’s plenty more to come.

Obviously we can’t exactly let you know what has happened to Frank… for legal reasons… but there’s plenty we can share as we move forward. Did you know that our Communications Manager, Brian Sharon, smells like old pierogies? That’s the kind of hard-hitting info that you’ve come to expect. 

Joking aside, updating you on what’s going on here in the Xaviant office is not only a great opportunity for you to know what’s on the horizon, but for us to pick your brains and to hear feedback as we develop new content. 

So without further adieu let’s get right into the meat and potatoes!

Is anyone else hungry all of a sudden? No, we aren’t either..


Matchmaker Changes

Over the past several weeks we’ve been observing a ton of discussion surrounding both queues and Lightning Rounds. It’s clear that for most players, the tried and true Classic game mode is still the major draw. At the same time, many players also appreciate the diversity of play that Lightning Rounds offer. 

Additionally, we realize that most players who want to play teams matches queue with a partner. Signing solo players up for frequent teams matches by default isn’t providing the desired experience for many.

Knowing the above, we will be making some overall tweaks to how the matchmaking process operates.

Moving forward, the matchmaker will have weightings. What this means is that regardless of your filter selections, the matchmaker will prefer Classic Matches over Lightning Rounds. The matchmaker will also prefer Solo Matches unless you queue with a teammate.

This means that leaving your filters alone will give you mostly solo classic matches, unless you queue with a teammate, which will give you mostly teams matches. Leaving all of your filters active will mean that under certain circumstances, the matchmaker will periodically place you in a teams or lightning round (think once every 5 or 6 matches instead of every other match).

New Perks

Last week we introduced you to our newest perk in production, Jump Start. While we have other perks currently in production that we will share with you in the future, we thought we’d share a little bit more behind some of the concepts behind their construction.

One of the most unique aspects of The Culling in the world of Battle Royale is the ability to outfit yourself with badass airdrops and perks that allow you to shape how you play. At the same time, introducing so many new wrinkles and modifiers has the opportunity not only to unbalance the game, but to create “go-to” perks that render an entire field of options all-but useless.

We’re currently playing with some ideas for perks that could be described as “double-edged swords”. A non-specific murdered uncle once said, “with great power comes great responsibility”. He was probably wrong, but we are still willing to run with the idea. 

We still have a long way to go and we’ll be sharing more information on perks in the near future. We’d love to hear what you have to say on this topic so please do jump into our Discord and let us know

Xbox One

If you read the previous Island Diary you know that we revealed that The Culling was in the process of Xbox Certification. The team couldn’t be happier to give you a quick and concise update on this situation:

We are thrilled to announce that The Culling is officially out of F.U.N.C.’ing certification and is officially on it way to Xbox One.

“That’s awesome, but what’s the release date?!" I had a feeling you’d ask that question.

You can expect a release date next week. 

That’s right. We’re going to be revealing the release date in less than seven days!

So be sure to stay tuned because you won’t want to miss it.

Closing

That’s two weeks in a row. That makes this an official streak.. That can only mean one thing…

We’re going streaking!!!

Seriously though, thank you for returning to our diary and for supporting all things Culling. There are exciting things ahead and we can’t wait to tell you more. But, that will have to wait until next time.

Until next time !

Wait.. didn’t we just say that? Is that, like, grammatically incorrect or does it just make us sound less cultured? 

Either way…

UNTIL NEXT TIME!