Dying Light cancelled on old-gen

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We’re in a transitional phase right now when it comes to old consoles. What’s new is current-gen and what was current-gen is now rickety and about attractive as getting a gummy kiss from your great grandmother in that dodgy old age home. We’re seeing fewer and fewer games announced for older consoles, with 2015 most likely the death knell for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. And don’t expect Dying Light to rise from the dead on those platforms either, as those versions have been canned.

In a Facebook statement, developer Techland explained that the older consoles just weren’t up to scratch and “put simply, older consoles just couldn’t run the game and stay true to the core vision of Dying Light at the same time”.

We spent the last three years making sure that all the features of our game add up to create a truly next-gen experience. Much of this ‘next-gen feel’ is tightly connected to the technological side of Dying Light. For instance, up to 200,000 objects can be displayed in the game at once. Add to this our use of realistic, physics-based lighting technology and you really start to push the next-gen systems to the limits.

Combining all of these into one fluid experience is only possible on technologically advanced platforms,” it added. “Therefore, after thorough internal testing, we have come to the conclusion that we have no choice but to leave past-gen systems behind and release Dying Light exclusively on the next-gen consoles and PC.

That’s also a very late in the game announcement, as Dying Light is currently scheduled for release from January 27 in America, January 28 for the Australia and New Zealand region and January 30 for the rest of us. Which most likely means that a nearly complete, but fundamentally flawed version of the game has most likely been nixed then in favour of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC versions.

It’s a risky decision, but then again, seeing a gimped version run on older hardware next to its newer current-gen equivalents could have been even more damaging. Isn’t that right, WWE2K15?

Last Updated: October 29, 2014

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