Island Diary July 7, 2017

Greetings contestants!

Welcome back to the island diary! We’re over the (*whispers*: blood) moon because this month we wanted to shake things up with some immediate developments.

From addressing current issues to massive changes on the horizon, this isn’t a diary you’ll want to miss. The good part? You’re already here! So let’s get down to brass tacks!

Revisiting Xbox Update #102949

So uh, how about those bows?!

Bugs, they’re the bane of any developer and the first Xbox Update addressed a lot of them, improving the overall “quality of life” across the board.

Unfortunately, while the update resolved many of the key issues at launch, it also introduced a pair of notable bugs of its own.

The good news is that we are currently in the process of Xbox One certification for a brand new hotfix which will return bows to their intended damage, as well as correcting fixing a bug related to input queuing and inventory management.

If all goes smoothly, the hotfix should land on Xbox One early next week!

Stamina

You can’t run from your mistakes forever, even if you have nearly infinite stamina! Throughout Early Access and Game Preview, we’ve been comfortable experimenting with big changes. Some of them are hits, and some go over like lead balloons. The good news is we always get the opportunity to hear what you have to say, and we’re happy to iterate further when we hear a clear message from you all.

When we reduced Stamina costs in the last patch, we achieved our goal of reducing the burden of constant Stamina management as you move through the arena - freeing you to focus on more important things, like stabbing each other - but many of you felt like we took it too far. By eliminating the need to monitor or manage your stamina altogether, we removed something many players enjoy.

In the next major update we’ve found a good middle ground that we think leaves players relatively free to sprint about the arena but still requires some care and attention.

Patch Preview

As you may already know, over the course of the past several diaries we’ve teased more than a few exciting new features coming to The Culling. We know that many of you have been looking forward to these for a long time, that’s why we are thrilled to announce that a significant update is planned for later this month!

You heard right! Before the end of July The Culling will be getting a major update. Among the awesome new goodies slated for July are the much anticipated player Leaderboards, two new insane Match Events, a summer-worthy wardrobe’s worth of Cosmetics and more!

After much demand, we’re also working on Team Voice Support for Xbox One! At this point we can’t confirm that the feature will make this update, but we’re doing our best to get it ready for action as soon as possible.

These are some of the most anticipated additions to The Culling yet and we couldn’t be happier to share them with you. If you haven’t been following, you can find more details and information about these features in previous diary posts on theculling.com

The update will come first to PC, with the Xbox One version arriving shortly after. We will have more peeks at the content ahead as we approach patch day so stay tuned to our official channels for the latest info!

Closing

Though we started this month’s diary with a slight look back to last month and a big look forward to all the spicy wings that July has in store. We can’t wait for you to chow down and to get your hands messy with all the new Culling flavor!

We will have even more for you next month right here on the island diaries.

In the meantime, feel free to come join our official Discord. We host custom PC matches at Mon-Fri at 2pm EST where developers and players from around the world come together for an hour of goodness!

But, until then contestants…

See you on the island!